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Our HNCA Blog highlights and conveys HNCA’s leadership, advocates, survivors and patients viewpoints on the latest in cancer research, patient care, health care and news as it pertains to the national and worldwide cancer community.

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Visiting China: A Glimpse into Life as a Chinese Laryngectomee

By: Itzhak Brook, MD, MSc Sometimes we take our own experience for granted and forget that things may not be the same in other parts of the world. I was honored to be able to visit China and get first-hand insight into the life of Chinese laryngectomees and head and neck cancer patients. On October.


Genomics Education Workshop with Dr. Terry Day

HNCA Chairman of the Board, Dr. Terry Day, will be part of a free CancerCare Connect® Education Workshop/Teleconference for people living with oral and head and neck cancers, their families, partners, caregivers, friends and healthcare professionals. The teleconference will cover topics including an overview of the treatment of oral and head and neck cancers and.


HNCA Board Members Advocate for TEP Patients and Providers

Meryl Kaufman, MED, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, and Cherie-Ann Nathan, MD, FACS, have been conducting intensive advocacy work on behalf of laryngectomees who use TEP (tracheoesophageal voice prosthesis) in regard to issues with Medicare coverage. Click here to learn more about this issue. They recently met with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), along with.


Link Between HPV and Head and Neck Cancer

Kimia Ganjaei, BA Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School HPV, or human papillomavirus, is a very common viral infection that can be acquired from childhood to adulthood. There are many different strains of the virus, and they all live in thin, flat cells called epithelial cells. These cells are found on the skin’s surface and.


Supercharge Your Kid’s Cancer Fighting Power

Are you the parent of an 11- or 12-year-old? It’s #Time2Vax! Make sure your child gets the three vaccines that protect against infections that cause whooping cough, HPV cancers, and meningitis. We can reduce the risk of our children getting certain cancers later in life by helping them make healthy choices now, including eating a.


Lisa Reed, Tonsil Cancer Survivor, Featured on HealthCentral

Lisa Reed, tonsil cancer survivor and friend of HNCA, was recently featured in a HealthCentral article called Life After Tonsil Cancer: How One Woman Learned to Love Food Again.   Because achieving adequate nutrition, as well as the physical act of eating itself, are challenges for head and neck cancer patients, we are thankful to.


Lakers Podcast: Michael Cooper On The 17-18 Season, Battling Cancer, & A Secret Workout With Kobe Bryant

LAKERS NATION PODCAST | LOS ANGELES LAKERS, NBA COVERAGEFormer NBA great and tongue cancer survivor, Michael Cooper, gets serious about screenings and his campaign with the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance. He noticed a ‘slit’ on his tongue about 3 1/2 years ago and found out he had tongue cancer with no past family history.


Michael Cooper, NBA Champion and Tongue Cancer Survivor Urges Public to Attend Free Local Screenings During Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week® (OHANCAW)

Medical and dental centers throughout the U.S. will take part in 20th annual OHANCAW®, April 8-15CHARLESTON, SC, MARCH 23, 2018 – Michael Cooper, LA Lakers legend and an oral cancer survivor, is joining forces with the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance to promote the benefits of screenings and early detection during an annual nationwide campaign.


HNCA Board Member, Dr. Terry Day, March 12th Radio Interview Available Online

Head and Neck Cancer Alliance board member, founder of the Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week® (OHANCAW®) program and Wellin Endowed Chair of the Head and Neck Tumor Center at the Hollings Cancer Center at MUSC, Dr. Terry Day, March 12th radio interview with SC Public Radio is now available online. It is specifically.


The HPV Vaccine: Preventing Cancer Beats Curing It

By: Stewart Lyman, Ph.D., HPV-related Tonsil Cancer Survivor and HNCA ambassador You don’t have to be an oncologist to know that fighting cancer is tough. Nearly 1.7 million Americans will be diagnosed with cancer this year, and about 600,000 will die from the disease. But here’s some good news: overall U.S. cancer deaths have been.


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As a decade-long survivor of stage IV tongue cancer and Founder of WesternOhio Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Support, Hank refers to head and neck cancer as an “orphan” cancer: “Very little is known about head and neck cancer, and comparatively, it receives less attention than other cancers. HNCA is working to change this.Hank Deneski
Survivor of Stage IV tongue cancer and Founder of WesternOhio Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Support

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