Current HNCA Programs

OHANCA®

OHANCA® is our flagship program, focusing on public awareness and early detection. HNCA partners with medical and dental clinics worldwide to offer FREE screenings and awareness programs for their local communities. When detected at stages I and II, the survival rate is over 80%; however more than half of all cases are found at later stages. When caught at a later stage, survival is less and side effects of treatment are much more significant. OHANCA® strives to increase the number of cancers caught early and improve patient outcomes.

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Gas Card Program

HNCA understands that transportation costs may prevent a patient from receiving treatment. We offer a limited supply of $50 gas cards to help patients cover transportation costs to their medical facility. The program is not income-based or based on the number of miles traveled to treatment, so it is open to virtually all U.S. residents with a diagnosis of head and neck cancer.

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Ambassador Program

At HNCA, we recognize that people draw more strength and knowledge from hearing directly from patients and caregivers. Our ambassadors are cancer patients, survivors, and/or caregivers whose inspirational journeys give true meaning to what happens when you are diagnosed with cancer, during and post-treatment. Ambassadors are available to speak at meetings and events, to participate in research on patient journeys and/or designing clinical protocols.

Ambassador Application
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Survivorship Symposium

Due to the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, we have decided to move this year’s in-person Symposium scheduled for July 18, 2020 in Chicago to a virtual webinar series, as the health and well-being of patients, survivors and caregivers is our highest priority.

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Survivorship Webinar Series

The 2020 Head and Neck Cancer Survivorship Webinar Series are scheduled for the summer, starting in July. The series will feature experts in the field of head and neck cancer alongside cancer survivor speakers.

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Online Support Community

HNCA offers a free online community through the Inspire platform for individuals and their loved ones who are facing oral, head and neck cancers. This community offers peer-to-peer support in a safe environment so you can connect with others experiencing similar diagnoses, treatments and outcomes.

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Smash Cancer

Smash Cancer is an annual tennis tournament fundraiser started by The Howard Family, who lost both of their parents to head and neck cancer. This successful fundraiser, held annually in Wilmington, NC, has raised more than $100,000 in the past 6 years for the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance. Proceeds support our Gas Card Program for cancer patients needing financial help during treatment. New in 2018, we are pleased to offer a second annual tournament, taking place in Orlando, FL.

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Your Cancer Story

For those newly diagnosed or going through treatment, Merck continues to offer its original Your Cancer Story resources to help guide you and your caregivers through this journey. Get healthy recipes, helpful tips on things like managing your health, coping strategies, partnering with caregivers and more today.

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