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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Link Between HPV and Head and Neck Cancer

Kimia Ganjaei, BA Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School HPV, or human papillomavirus, is a very common viral infection that can be acquired from childhood to adulthood. There are many different strains of the virus, and they all live in thin, flat cells called epithelial cells. These cells are found on the skin’s surface and.


Supercharge Your Kid’s Cancer Fighting Power

Are you the parent of an 11- or 12-year-old? It’s #Time2Vax! Make sure your child gets the three vaccines that protect against infections that cause whooping cough, HPV cancers, and meningitis. We can reduce the risk of our children getting certain cancers later in life by helping them make healthy choices now, including eating a.


HNCA CEO to Moderate Oncology Panel Discussion

Head and Neck Cancer Alliance CEO Holly Boykin will moderate a panel at the upcoming HLTH: The Future of Healthcare event in Las Vegas. The session, entitled A Radical Approach to Oncology Decision Making, will be held May 6, 2018, from 3:10-3:50 pm and explores the possibilities of innovative detection methods in oncology. HLTH is.


Michael Cooper, NBA Champion and Tongue Cancer Survivor Urges Public to Attend Free Local Screenings During Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week® (OHANCAW)

Medical and dental centers throughout the U.S. will take part in 20th annual OHANCAW®, April 8-15CHARLESTON, SC, MARCH 23, 2018 – Michael Cooper, LA Lakers legend and an oral cancer survivor, is joining forces with the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance to promote the benefits of screenings and early detection during an annual nationwide campaign.


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.


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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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