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Immunotherapy and Immuno-Oncology (I/0)

TALKING WITH YOUR MEDICAL TEAM? What is Immunotherapy and Immuno-Oncology? Immunotherapy utilizes your own immune system to fight diseases. Immunotherapy includes vaccines, allergy treatments and other approaches to combat disease. Immuno-Oncology (I/O) is a type of Immunotherapy that specifically targets cancer. How is Immuno-Oncology different from other treatment options? Immuno-Oncology is a targeted approach that.


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.


Immunotherapy and the Head, Neck and Oral Cavity

What it is: Immunotherapy is a class of medications used to treat cancer by altering an individual’s own immune system. They can act by inducing and enhancing the immune response. Such medicines are now used to treat human cancers, providing an additional approach to control disease. What it isn’t: Unlike standard chemotherapies and radiation therapy.


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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Even with all of my daily reminders of what this disease has done to me, the permanent reminders, the scars that anyone can see. I remind myself, even on the bad dark days that I fought this horrible disease and I will always fight for the rest of my days.Angie Rush
Survivor of Stage IV Tongue Cancer


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