Ways You Can Become A Head and Neck Cancer Survivor Champion
Head and Neck Cancer Alliance
HNCA, through a partnership with Imerman Angels (IA), now provides one-on-one, peer-to-peer support for the head and neck cancer community. Through a unique matching process, HNCA and IA connect head and neck cancer survivors and caregivers (“Mentor Angels”) with patients and patient caregivers, who share similar cancer journeys, to provide one-on-one emotional support and compassion. Our Mentor Angels will give cancer fighters and caregivers the chance to ask personal questions and receive support from a peer who has been down the same road before. Mentor Angels may lend support and empathy, and help cancer fighters and caregivers navigate the system, determine their options, and create their own support systems.
Encourage Your Local Hospitals or Medical Clinics to
Host a Free Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Screening
Our Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Program (OHANCA) works closely with local hospitals, clinics and medical centers each year to provide free head and neck cancer screenings for community members in hundreds of locations throughout the US and abroad. The goal of this initiative is to encourage adults who are at high risk for oral, head and neck cancer to take advantage of nationwide and international free screenings.
There are many ways to get involved with OHANCA®. If you are a patient, caregiver, or someone affected by head and neck cancer and are interested in educating others about this disease, please talk to your doctor, a local dental clinic, or medical institution about the importance of early detection. Once you have a medical clinic or institution interested in joining, sign up is easy. For more information on how to host a screening, go to Host a Screening.
Join Inspire and Help Out a Patient or Caregiver
The Head and Neck Cancer Alliance (HNCA) offers a free online community on Inspire for individuals and their loved ones who are facing oral, head and neck cancers. This free online community offers peer-to-peer support and a safe environment so you can connect with others experiencing or who have experienced the diagnosis, treatments and outcomes similar to yours. As a survivor champion, you can respond to discussions in the community and to help others who may be struggling.
Become a Head and Neck Cancer Alliance Ambassador
People draw more strength and knowledge from hearing directly from patients and caregivers. At HNCA, we strive to empower patients and survivors to share their journeys by understanding their disease, managing their treatment plan, celebrating their milestones and moving forward. HNCA Ambassadors are dedicated to educating the community-at-large about these cancers. 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.
Support for People with Oral and Head and Neck Cancer (SPOHNC)
Support for People with Oral and Head and Neck Cancer (SPOHNC) has over 125 Chapters throughout the United States and continues to grow. Connecting with a local chapter is an in-valuable first step in the healing process. Visit www.spohnc.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-377-0928 or further information.
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