Director's Corner

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.


Management of Swallowing and Speaking Problems Associated With Oral, Head and Neck Cancers

Individuals who have oral (mouth), laryngeal (voice box), or pharyngeal (throat) cancers can have difficulty with swallowing food or drinks (dysphagia), changes in the sound of their voice and/or speaking clarity. The amount of difficulty an individual experiences, related to swallow or communication, usually depends upon the size and location of the tumor, the type.


The Griffith Family Honors Their Beloved Husband and Father, Jim

DEAR HEAD AND NECK CANCER ALLIANCE: Jim Griffith was diagnosed with tonsillar cancer in 2012. With very aggressive treatment of surgery, chemo, and radiation, he was in remission in early 2013. In 2014, the cancer returned. This time it had spread to his lungs and the lymph nodes around his heart. This time, surgery was.


July 2016 Wrap-Up

Each day, I learn more about the strength and sorrow of oral, head and neck cancer patients and their caregivers. I also acquire a better understanding of the science of cancer, treatment of cancer, possible causes of cancer and the prevention of cancer. Today, as a society, we are also faced with addressing a new.


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As a decade-long survivor of stage IV tongue cancer and Founder of WesternOhio Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Support, Hank refers to head and neck cancer as an “orphan” cancer: “Very little is known about head and neck cancer, and comparatively, it receives less attention than other cancers. HNCA is working to change this.Hank Deneski
Survivor of Stage IV tongue cancer and Founder of WesternOhio Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Support

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