Tag: Cancer Survivor

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.


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.


SC Chapter Virtual Support Group Meeting

Have you or a loved one been affected by head and neck cancer? Do you miss being able to gather with other survivors for support group meetings? The SC Chapter of the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance would like to invite you and/or your patients to attend a VIRTUAL Head and Neck Cancer support group.


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.


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.


Mental Health Issues in Head and Neck Cancer Patients Caused by the COVID – 19 Pandemic

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.


Respiratory Infection Prevention for Laryngectomees

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.


Cancer Survivors Celebration Breakfast — Scottsdale, AZ

This a fantastic event where we CELEBRATE those who have survived, INSPIRE those recently diagnosed, RECOGNIZE caregivers and UNITE the community. FREE pancake breakfast, vendors, demos, screenings, family friendly fun and so much more! EVERYONE IS WELCOME!


Actor Rob Paulsen Gives a Voice to Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness

The Head and Neck Cancer Alliance (HNCA) has selected voice actor Rob Paulsen as its official spokesperson for 2020. Paulsen will serve as the face and voice of HNCA’s Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness® Program (OHANCA®), which celebrates its 22nd year in 2020. The cornerstone of the annual initiative is Oral, Head and Neck.


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I remain optimistic and use my humor as a tool for survival. I’ve lost approximately 45 pounds through this journey, and I had the weight to lose, but I tell people I wouldn’t recommend the cancer diet!Gail Jackson
Survivor of HPV-attributed Tonsil Cancer


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