Head & Neck Cancer Alliance, in collaboration with the American Head & Neck Society, hosted a free webinar, Oral Health for Head and Neck Cancer Survivors on November 10, 2020 from 4-5 PM EST. The webinar featured HNCA board member, Joel Epstein, DMD, MSD as the medical speaker and Ms. Carolyn Dee as the survivor speaker and was moderated by HNCA President of the board, Michael Moore, MD, FACS.
Head and Neck Cancer Alliance President of the Board
Dr. Moore is an Associate Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and Chief of Head and Neck Surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, Indiana. His clinical practice focuses on head and neck cancer and reconstructive surgery, as well as skull base surgery. Dr. Moore has been working with other members of the HNCA and physicians around the United States to promote early detection and prevention of head and neck cancer. He also is involved in National awareness initiatives regarding the link between HPV and throat cancer and the importance of HPV vaccination.
Diplomate, American Board of Oral Medicine
Consulting Staff, Division of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery
City of Hope in Duarte, California
Dr. Epstein graduated from Dentistry in 1976 from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. He received a certificate in Oral Medicine and Masters’ of Science Degree in Dentistry from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, USA, in 1979. He is a Fellow of the College of Dental Surgeons of Canada in Oral Medicine/Oral Pathology and a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Medicine and was an examiner and President of the Board of Oral Medicine.
He was Professor in the Department of Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, and Director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Oral Cancer Biology, Prevention and Treatment at the Chicago Cancer Center, College of Medicine, Adjunct Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology and Head and Surgery of the University of Illinois at Chicago and on staff at Rush Medical Center and Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital in Chicago.
Prior to that, he was Professor of Oral Medicine and Director of the Graduate Program in Oral Medicine, and the DECOD (Dental Care for the Disabled) Program, at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA. He was on the medical/dental staff of the British Columbia Cancer Agency; and Head of the Department of Dentistry at Vancouver Hospital and Health Sciences Centre; as well as on staff at other teaching hospitals in Vancouver, British Columbia, and a Clinical Professor in the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of British Columbia. He is a Lecturer in the Department of Oral Medicine, Eastman Dental Institute for Oral Health Care Sciences, University of London, London, U.K.. He conducts a private referral practice in Oral Medicine. Dr. Epstein has published in the area of oncology, infectious disease, facial pain and general areas of Oral Medicine, with more than seven hundred and fifty contributions to the literature in the form of papers, abstracts, textbooks, and book chapters.
Carolyn Dee, the former Mayor of Truckee, California, was diagnosed in early 2018 with squamous cell carcinoma of the tongue. She underwent surgery to remove ½ of her tongue. Tissue, to rebuild her tongue, was taken from her left wrist tissue, and then tissue from her thigh was removed to rebuild her wrist area. All procedures were done at The University of California Medical Center in Sacramento under the care of Dr. Michael Moore.
From mid-April through June, Carolyn received seven weeks of radiation treatment at Tahoe Forest Hospital. She was unable to undergo chemotherapy as a result of damage done to her heart while undergoing treatment for advanced breast cancer in 1997.
Subsequent to radiation, Jacqueline DDS of Sierra Crest Dentistry noted that Carolyn’s teeth were deteriorating rapidly and a decision was made to grind down and cap all teeth. She is now on an accelerated cleaning schedule of every two months indefinitely. Carolyn will continue to use saliva stimulators for the rest of my life.
As of this date the cancer is in remission and her remaining teeth are healthy.
Carolyn continues to dedicate her life to public service as the Commissioner of the Nevada County Transportation Commission
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