Director's Corner

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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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Protecting Tomorrow with a Screening Today

The Head and Neck Cancer Alliance (HNCA) is hosting its 20th Annual Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week® (OHANCAW®) during April 8-15, 2018 and looks to another year of teaming up with hospitals, medical and dental clinics worldwide to provide oral, head and neck cancer screenings. Twenty years ago, a small group of health.


Giving Tuesday, November 28th

Dear Friends, Donate Today for a Healthy Tomorrow. #GivingTuesday, November 28th Thanksgiving is a time for reflection. A time of offering our gratitude for life’s bounty, our health, loved ones, friends and so much more. As we join our family and friends in this season of giving, please remember those who continue to struggle as.


Help Us, Help You, Help Others – Importance of Clinical Trials

Behind every medicine and intervention are thousands of patients who have volunteered to participate in clinical trials. These individuals, or as I refer to them “heroes”, have helped the development of many breakthroughs in disease prevention and treatment. It is also important to recognize that “clinical research” is not always devoted to finding the next.


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.


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I believe that my success as a cancer patient is first due to the process of recognition on a basic level, that something in my body was not the same as it was and I was worse off.Jessica Tar
National Spokesperson for HNCA & squamous cell carcinoma survivor

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