Tag: Cancer Survivor

HNCA Ambassador, Melvin LeBlanc’s Cancer Experience: Signs, Symptoms and Side Effects

A lump started forming on the right side of my neck just below my ear during the first two weeks of May 2018. I visited two clinics undergoing a total of 5 needle biopsies to the lump, with no conclusive results, but cancerous possibilities. I went to MD Anderson Cancer Center located in Houston Texas,.


HNCA Partners with Mediaplant for Oral Health Campaign

We’re proud to partner with Mediaplanet for its Oral Health campaign! The pandemic has interrupted our routines and caused many people to delay dental care and develop poor oral hygiene habits. This campaign will educate readers about the dangers of neglecting proper care and reassure people who have been hesitant to visit the dentist’s office..


HNCA Ambassador and Oral Cancer Survivor, Jacki Rogozinski, Shares Her Experience with Lymphedema (Part 1)

Several months after my neck dissection surgery and 30 radiation treatments, I began feeling increased tightness of my jaw and saw a noticeable puffiness of my face. Of course, it’s normal to have swelling immediately after any surgery, but that initial swelling had resolved within a week or so after the operation. The stiffness in.


HNCA Ambassador and 12-Year Cancer Survivor, Mike Metzler, is Fundraising for the HNCA Through His Book Royalties

Mike Metzler was diagnosed with Stage 4 head and neck cancer in February of 2009. That diagnosis started what would become two journeys in Cancer World, a physical and psychological place unwillingly inhabited by cancer patients, their caregivers, families, and friends. The first journey was that of a patient being successfully treated before getting his.


HNCA Ambassadors Participate in Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs’ Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program for the Department of Defense

The Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs’ (CDMRP), Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP) consumer advocates Stewart Lyman and Anthony White recently participated in the evaluation of research applications submitted to the PRCRP. Lyman and White were nominated for participation in the program by the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance. As consumer reviewers, they were full.


Emergency Respiratory Care and Resuscitation in Laryngectomees

By: Itzhak Brook, M.D. MSc., HNCA Board Member, HNCA Ambassador, Throat Cancer Survivor, and Laryngectomee I wanted to bring to your attention a very important issue regarding the proper intubation of laryngectomees. Laryngectomees are at an increased risk of receiving inappropriate care when they need CPR or general anesthesia. Our recently published study in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.


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.


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.


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I had no idea that HPV could cause head and neck cancer. I am an advocate for everyone I know. I don’t want them to experience what I and my family experienced because we did not know about this sexually transmitted virus.Tina O’Dell
Survivor of HPV-Attributed Stage III Squamous Cell


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