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Our HNCA Blog 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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Safety of Celebrating the Spring Holidays with Family and Friends for Head and Neck Cancer Patients

The upcoming spring holidays (Easter, Passover and Ramadan) create challenges for those who are looking forward to celebrating them in person with friends and family. The availability of vaccination against the virus made it easier to resume the tradition of in-person celebration although the risk of acquiring the infection can be high in some situations..


HNCA Ambassador and Oral Cancer Survivor, Jacki Rogozinski, Shares Her Experience with Lymphedema (Part 2)

The greatest likelihood of developing lymphedema occurs in the first five years after cancer treatment, although the risk is lifelong. I started seeing symptoms quite soon, within a couple of months after treatment. Because lymphedema is a progressive condition, one that worsens over time if left untreated, early intervention will lead to the best outcomes..


HNCA Stands in Solidarity with the Asian American Community Against Racism

The Head & Neck Cancer Alliance grieves the recent deaths of the eight people killed in Atlanta. We join our colleagues across the nation to stand in solidarity against anti-Asian racism. While racism targeted against Asians and Asian Americans is not new to our country, the rising surge of violence and the recent hate crimes.


HNCA Ambassador, Melvin LeBlanc’s Cancer Experience: Signs, Symptoms and Side Effects

A lump started forming on the right side of my neck just below my ear during the first two weeks of May 2018. I visited two clinics undergoing a total of 5 needle biopsies to the lump, with no conclusive results, but cancerous possibilities. I went to MD Anderson Cancer Center located in Houston Texas,.


HNCA Partners with Mediaplant for Oral Health Campaign

We’re proud to partner with Mediaplanet for its Oral Health campaign! The pandemic has interrupted our routines and caused many people to delay dental care and develop poor oral hygiene habits. This campaign will educate readers about the dangers of neglecting proper care and reassure people who have been hesitant to visit the dentist’s office..


HNCA is Partnering with Stand Up To Cancer to Fund for Cancer Research

HNCA is pleased to join Stand Up To Cancer® (SU2C), the Fanconi Anemia Research Fund (FARF), the Farrah Fawcett Foundation (FFF) and the American Head and Neck Society (AHNS) to fund $3.25 million in research grants to find new treatments for head and neck cancers, which are newly diagnosed in about 65,000 Americans every year..


HNCA Ambassador and Oral Cancer Survivor, Jacki Rogozinski, Shares Her Experience with Lymphedema (Part 1)

Several months after my neck dissection surgery and 30 radiation treatments, I began feeling increased tightness of my jaw and saw a noticeable puffiness of my face. Of course, it’s normal to have swelling immediately after any surgery, but that initial swelling had resolved within a week or so after the operation. The stiffness in.


HNCA Ambassador and 12-Year Cancer Survivor, Mike Metzler, is Fundraising for the HNCA Through His Book Royalties

Mike Metzler was diagnosed with Stage 4 head and neck cancer in February of 2009. That diagnosis started what would become two journeys in Cancer World, a physical and psychological place unwillingly inhabited by cancer patients, their caregivers, families, and friends. The first journey was that of a patient being successfully treated before getting his.


HNCA Ambassadors Participate in Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs’ Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program for the Department of Defense

The Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs’ (CDMRP), Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP) consumer advocates Stewart Lyman and Anthony White recently participated in the evaluation of research applications submitted to the PRCRP. Lyman and White were nominated for participation in the program by the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance. As consumer reviewers, they were full.


Emergency Respiratory Care and Resuscitation in Laryngectomees

By: Itzhak Brook, M.D. MSc., HNCA Board Member, HNCA Ambassador, Throat Cancer Survivor, and Laryngectomee I wanted to bring to your attention a very important issue regarding the proper intubation of laryngectomees. Laryngectomees are at an increased risk of receiving inappropriate care when they need CPR or general anesthesia. Our recently published study in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.


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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
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