Tag: Ambassador’s Blog

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.


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.


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.


University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill — Free Screening — Chapel Hill, NC

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.


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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Becoming a patient with a serious illness after practicing medicine for over 40 years allowed me to understand the hardship and difficulties that patients face in ways I could not have done before.Itzhak Brook, M.D. Msc.
Physician and Professor of Pediatrics, Georgetown University School of Medicine and Throat Cancer Survivor


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