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A Celebration of Life & Hope – Survivorship Banquet

First slide details. Second slide details. Third slide details. Fourth slide details. Fifth slide details. HNCA’s South Carolina chapter held its annual survivor banquet, A Celebration of Life & Hope, on Saturday, April 13. Survivors shared stories filled with inspiration, courage, and humor. Guests enjoyed a buffet dinner, specially suited for head and neck patients.


2019 OHANCAW Wrap-Up

HNCA’s 21st annual Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week® was held April 7-14. Thank you to our partners for another successful week of raising awareness and screening individuals for early signs of oral, head and neck cancer. Together, we teamed up to offer more screenings than last year, with more still to come! So.


How to Find Your Hope

Steve Chadwell may not be a poker player, but he knows a bad hand when he’s holding one.  Over the past seven years, Chadwell has suffered a career-ending back injury, a freak compound fracture, and cancer that came from out of nowhere to crush his spirits yet again. Any of the ailments and some of.


Visiting China: A Glimpse into Life as a Chinese Laryngectomee

By: Itzhak Brook, MD, MSc Sometimes we take our own experience for granted and forget that things may not be the same in other parts of the world. I was honored to be able to visit China and get first-hand insight into the life of Chinese laryngectomees and head and neck cancer patients. On October.


Genomics Education Workshop with Dr. Terry Day

HNCA Chairman of the Board, Dr. Terry Day, will be part of a free CancerCare Connect® Education Workshop/Teleconference for people living with oral and head and neck cancers, their families, partners, caregivers, friends and healthcare professionals. The teleconference will cover topics including an overview of the treatment of oral and head and neck cancers and.


HNCA Board Members Advocate for TEP Patients and Providers

Meryl Kaufman, MED, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, and Cherie-Ann Nathan, MD, FACS, have been conducting intensive advocacy work on behalf of laryngectomees who use TEP (tracheoesophageal voice prosthesis) in regard to issues with Medicare coverage. Click here to learn more about this issue. They recently met with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), along with.


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.


Lisa Reed, Tonsil Cancer Survivor, Featured on HealthCentral

Lisa Reed, tonsil cancer survivor and friend of HNCA, was recently featured in a HealthCentral article called Life After Tonsil Cancer: How One Woman Learned to Love Food Again.   Because achieving adequate nutrition, as well as the physical act of eating itself, are challenges for head and neck cancer patients, we are thankful to.


Lakers Podcast: Michael Cooper On The 17-18 Season, Battling Cancer, & A Secret Workout With Kobe Bryant

LAKERS NATION PODCAST | LOS ANGELES LAKERS, NBA COVERAGEFormer NBA great and tongue cancer survivor, Michael Cooper, gets serious about screenings and his campaign with the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance. He noticed a ‘slit’ on his tongue about 3 1/2 years ago and found out he had tongue cancer with no past family history.


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You can feel great as I did and still be walking around with Stage IV cancer, so watch out for anything that can give you a sign that something is not right with your body.Michael West
Survivor of HPV-attributed Stage IV Throat Cancer

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