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 needs, and encouraging people to make a “game plan” to support their cancer journey. The campaign is a collaboration between Merck, Pro Football Hall of Famer and head and neck cancer survivor Jim Kelly, Head & Neck Cancer Alliance (HNCA) and Support for People with Oral and Head and Neck Cancer (SPOHNC), and Savor Health, a service dedicated to supporting the nutritional needs of people living with cancer.

One of the major focuses of Your Cancer Game Plan is the importance of finding the support that is right for you. You need to build your own team. Find people who can relate to what you are going through, including counselors, support groups and online communities. And, talk to loved ones and family.

Jim Kelly has always felt the importance of these support systems:

“I had what I like to call my four F’s: my family, my faith, my fans and my friends. I’ve been very blessed to have that kind of support, but there’s a lot of people out there that don’t. Nobody should go through head and neck cancer alone, and everyone – including caregivers – can benefit from the advice and wisdom of others who have gone through this before.”

We encourage you to visit the campaign’s online hub for additional support and resources. You can also learn more on Twitter using #CancerGamePlan.

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