Tag: Ambassador’s Blog
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.
This event is hosted by The Department of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery. Who should be screened? Every adult. Tobacco and alcohol users traditionally have been considered the populations at greatest risk for these cancers. However, oral cancer cases are on the rise in younger adults who do not smoke, and recent research indicates this.
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.