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.
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.
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..
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.
By: Itzhak Brook, M.D. MSc., HNCA Board Member, HNCA Ambassador, Throat Cancer Survivor and Laryngectomee The current COVID-19 outbreak is spurring depression, fear, anxiety, and stress on a societal level. On an individual level, it may exacerbate anxiety and psychosis-like symptoms as well as lead to non-specific mental issues (e.g., mood problems, sleep issues, phobia-like.
By: Itzhak Brook, M.D. MSc., HNCA Board Member, HNCA Ambassador, Throat Cancer Survivor and Laryngectomee Laryngectomees are more susceptible to respiratory infection because the air they inhale is not filtered by passing through the nose. Consequently, they are at increased risk of inhaling respiratory pathogens (viruses, bacteria, and fungi) directly into their lungs. Therefore, laryngectomees.
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.
Head and Neck Cancer Alliance Board Member Jason Mendelsohn presented at last week’s HPV Roundtable Conference, #HPVRT18 — a coalition of organizations and individuals dedicated to reducing the incidence of HPV-attributable cancers. In his presentation to more than 100 attendees, Jason, an HPV-attributed throat cancer survivor, shared, “I wish there was an HPV vaccine when.