Tag: COVID-19

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..


Ask the Expert with Dr. Terry Day: June 2 – 4

HNCA Chairman of the board, Terry Day, M.D, will be available from June 2 through June 4 to answer questions about COVID-19: How Head and Neck Cancer Patients and Survivors Navigate the re-opening of Communities. If you would like to ask him a question, we invite you to do so by joining the HNCA online.


COVID-19 Head and Neck Cancer Discussion Group Concerns

Hello from the Northern Front Range of Colorado.  We recently had our monthly Head and Neck Cancer support group meeting by video conference. The main topic of discussion was the COVID-19 virus, and because there were medical doctors who are also survivors present on the call, we probably spent more time talking about that than.


SC Chapter Virtual Support Group Meeting

Have you or a loved one been affected by head and neck cancer? Do you miss being able to gather with other survivors for support group meetings? The SC Chapter of the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance would like to invite you and/or your patients to attend a VIRTUAL Head and Neck Cancer support group.


A Throat Cancer Survivor’s perspective on COVID-19 and Maintaining Positive Mental Health

My personal cancer journey has helped me put this current health crisis in perspective. I guess this started the day I was in Church receiving one of the Sacraments, the anointing of the sick. It was then that Father Dave shared with me an important spiritual message and something I do almost every single day of.


The Only Thing Consistent is Change

It’s amazing how much has changed in just a few weeks, and not just for one person, family, community, region, or country, but globally. If we learned anything about COVID-19, it’s there is more change to come. Navigating change is easy for some people. They adapt with chameleon-like sensory skills and thrive in the unknown..


Advice for Head and Neck Cancer Patients during COVID-19

One thing that makes me a little bit unique is that not only am I a head and neck cancer survivor, I’m also a scientist, and my career was focused on developing new treatments.  One thing I’d like to share from my perspective is that medical science is making remarkable progress in developing novel treatments.


Mental Health Issues in Head and Neck Cancer Patients Caused by the COVID – 19 Pandemic

By: Itzhak Brook, M.D. MSc., HNCA Board Member, HNCA Ambassador, Throat Cancer Survivor and Laryngectomee The current COVID-19 outbreak is spurring depression, fear, anxiety, and stress on a societal level. On an individual level, it may exacerbate anxiety and psychosis-like symptoms as well as lead to non-specific mental issues (e.g., mood problems, sleep issues, phobia-like.


HNCA Urges Rescheduling of Screening Events Due to COVID-19

Thank you for your participation in HNCA’s Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness (OHANCA) Program. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, screenings and other group activities are being placed on hold. We encourage sites to reschedule screening events for later in the year, working with your institution’s public health teams to determine the appropriate timing and venue to optimize the.


Respiratory Infection Prevention for Laryngectomees

By: Itzhak Brook, M.D. MSc., HNCA Board Member, HNCA Ambassador, Throat Cancer Survivor and Laryngectomee Laryngectomees are more susceptible to respiratory infection because the air they inhale is not filtered by passing through the nose. Consequently, they are at increased risk of inhaling respiratory pathogens (viruses, bacteria, and fungi) directly into their lungs. Therefore, laryngectomees.