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Smash Cancer Tennis Tournament Celebrates its 10th Anniversary in 2019

May 17-19, 2019 marked the 10th annual Smash Cancer Tennis Tournament in Wilmington, NC. The tournament was organized in 2009 by the Howard Family, who lost both of their parents, decades apart, from different forms of head and neck cancer. Their goal in creating the tournament was two-fold: 1.) to raise awareness of these cancers.


IA Immunization Summit featuring Dr. Moore and Jason Mendelsohn

HNCA president and executive board member, Dr. Michael Moore and Jason Mendelsohn were featured in today’s Immunization Summit as part of the two-day conference held in Altoona, Iowa and sponsored by the Iowa Department of Public Health, Immunization Program. Speakers talked about a variety of topics in relation to immunization such as the link between.


Immunotherapy Symposium in Chicago, IL

In collaboration with PeerView, HNCA will have one of our board members, Dr. Ezra Cohen, feature as the chair and presenter of the live dinner symposium. The expert panelist will be discussing the mapping progress of immune checkpoint inhibitors in head and neck cancer. The symposium will be held in Chicago, IL on May 31,.


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

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 the lining of the mouth and throat, as well.


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I had no idea that HPV could cause head and neck cancer. I am an advocate for everyone I know. I don’t want them to experience what I and my family experienced because we did not know about this sexually transmitted virus.Tina O’Dell
Survivor of HPV-Attributed Stage III Squamous Cell


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