Director's Corner

Welcome to the HNCA Director’s Corner

Our Director’s Corner highlights and conveys HNCA’s leadership, advocates, survivors and patients viewpoints on the latest in cancer research, patient care, health care and news as it pertains to the national and worldwide cancer community.

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The Hidden Costs of Cancer Treatment

Managing a cancer diagnosis and its treatments can be all-consuming. The patient’s focus needs to be on managing stress, eating healthfully, getting proper rest and maintaining a positive outlook. All too often, the confusion and stress from dealing with health care coverage, scheduling medical appointments, enduring treatments, working to maintain family, and in many cases,.


Family and Friends Pays Tribute to Beloved Husband by Joining Him in His Last Round of Golf

With only a month to plan a charity golf event and diagnosed with terminal cancer, Jeff Park and his loved ones successfully hosted a golf tournament in early December 2016, raising an estimated $14,000 with the proceeds donated to the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance (HNCA). Laura, Jeff’s wife, wanted him to have one more.


April 2017 Wrap-up

DEAR FRIENDS, Thank you to all the 2017 Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week® (OHANCAW®) screening sites and their volunteers! This screening/awareness program allows us to educate various communities worldwide about Oral, Head and Neck Cancer symptoms and SAVE LIVES by identifying people who need follow-up care. Highlights of 2017 OHANCAW® are featured in.


Building Your Head and Neck Cancer Team

Many people living with head and neck cancer may experience different physical and emotional challenges than people with other forms of cancer. That’s why education and support are so important. Your Cancer Game Plan is a new awareness campaign focused on helping people with cancer and their loved ones tackle their emotional, nutritional and communication.


How Tobacco Use Impacts Prognosis in HPV-Associated Oropharyngeal Cancer Patients

Each year, approximately 600,000 people are diagnosed with head and neck cancers worldwide. A little less than 50% of those patients survive the cancer. Patients older than 60 years of age have a likelier chance to already have a heavy reliance on alcohol and/or tobacco. In the US the number of head and neck cancers.


Head and Neck Cancers and Alcohol: Get the Facts

By Robert S. Pezzolesi, MPH, Founding Director, New York Alcohol Policy Alliance There’s been a lot in the news lately about alcohol and cancer. But what about head and neck cancers? Can alcohol play a role in getting head and neck cancers, or in affecting the treatment, quality of life, or survival of people who.


December 2016 Wrap-Up

Dear Friend: Happy Holidays! Snowflakes, decorating, listening to my son’s laugh and spending time with extended family – that is what makes this “the best time of the year”. However, for oral, head and neck cancer patients, survivors and caregivers – each day, and especially the Holiday season, presents difficult challenges and many mixed emotions..


November 2016 Wrap-Up

Dear Friends, Happy Thanksgiving! As we sit down with our families and friends this Thanksgiving, we reflect on what we are grateful for, the daily struggles faced by Head and Neck Cancer patients and their families and the research that is helping save more lives. Just a few days after Thanksgiving, on Tuesday, November 29th,.


October 2016 Wrap-Up

Dear Friends: Over the past couple of months, the HNCA Board of Directors and I have taken the opportunity to fine tune the organization’s strategic plan — focusing primarily on programs and services. As part of our strategic outreach efforts, we have spent time actively listening to various stakeholders. Thank you to our patients, survivors.


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HNCA provides me with the information and support I need. It also provides me with a medium to serve as a role model to others diagnosed with head and neck cancer.”Jason Mendelsohn
Stage-4 HPV-related oral cancer survivor