HNCA Blog

Ask the Expert with Dr. Angela Wicker-Ramos: October 5 – 8

Join the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance’s Ask the Expert, on our online community support group, to learn more about how head and neck cancer treatments affect the lymphatic system. From October 5 – 8, Angela Wicker-Ramos PT, DPT, CLT- LANA will be answering your questions about Caring for Your Lymphatic System Following Head and.


A Survivor’s Experience as an Imerman Angels Mentor

My name is Gail, and I am a head and neck cancer survivor. I was first diagnosed in 2012 when I discovered a lump on the side of my neck that wouldn’t go away. It turned out to be throat cancer; specifically, a stage 4 squamous cell carcinoma of my tonsil with lymph node metastasis..


A Cancer Researcher’s Thoughts on HPV Vaccination

I have some excellent news to share. The FDA recently approved Gardasil 9, Merck’s HPV vaccine, for the prevention of head and neck cancers caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). In the US, this particular cancer is the most prevalent type of the six different cancers caused by HPV. There are about 13,500 new cases.


Head & Neck Cancer Alliance Stands with American Cancer Society Against Racism

The Head & Neck Cancer Alliance grieves the recent deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. We join our colleagues across the nation to stand in solidarity against racism. These words from the American Cancer Society define the great task that is before us: “Cancer is a disease that can affect anyone, but it does.


Ask the Expert with Dr. Terry Day: June 2 – 4

HNCA Chairman of the board, Terry Day, M.D, will be available from June 2 through June 4 to answer questions about COVID-19: How Head and Neck Cancer Patients and Survivors Navigate the re-opening of Communities. If you would like to ask him a question, we invite you to do so by joining the HNCA online.


COVID-19 Head and Neck Cancer Discussion Group Concerns

Hello from the Northern Front Range of Colorado.  We recently had our monthly Head and Neck Cancer support group meeting by video conference. The main topic of discussion was the COVID-19 virus, and because there were medical doctors who are also survivors present on the call, we probably spent more time talking about that than.


SC Chapter Virtual Support Group Meeting

Have you or a loved one been affected by head and neck cancer? Do you miss being able to gather with other survivors for support group meetings? The SC Chapter of the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance would like to invite you and/or your patients to attend a VIRTUAL Head and Neck Cancer support group.


A Throat Cancer Survivor’s perspective on COVID-19 and Maintaining Positive Mental Health

My personal cancer journey has helped me put this current health crisis in perspective. I guess this started the day I was in Church receiving one of the Sacraments, the anointing of the sick. It was then that Father Dave shared with me an important spiritual message and something I do almost every single day of.


The Only Thing Consistent is Change

It’s amazing how much has changed in just a few weeks, and not just for one person, family, community, region, or country, but globally. If we learned anything about COVID-19, it’s there is more change to come. Navigating change is easy for some people. They adapt with chameleon-like sensory skills and thrive in the unknown..


Advice for Head and Neck Cancer Patients during COVID-19

One thing that makes me a little bit unique is that not only am I a head and neck cancer survivor, I’m also a scientist, and my career was focused on developing new treatments.  One thing I’d like to share from my perspective is that medical science is making remarkable progress in developing novel treatments.


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We don't know what the future holds. Let's work together to drum out head and neck cancer and take advantage of the free oral, head and neck cancer screenings during OHANCAW®.Rikki Rockett
Drummer of Poison, HPV-attributed Oropharyngeal Cancer Survivor, 2019 OHANCAW® Spokesperson


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