HNCA News Bulletin

May 2019

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!


This program is supported by a grant from Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Survivorship Symposium


HNCA is excited to announce the first Head and Neck Cancer Survivorship Symposium, presented in partnership with the American Head and Neck Society (AHNS), to be held on July 18, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois! This inaugural program will bring together survivors and caregivers for a day of education and connections.  The program and details are still being finalized, but if you’d like to be among the first to get the latest developments, click the button below to subscribe to the Symposium mailing list!  

US vs. HPV Webinar Series Available Online


Members of American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA), the Global Initiative Against HPV & Cervical Cancer, the American Head & Neck Society (AHNS), The American Cancer Society, and the World Health Organization collaborated to present the first North American HPV Awareness Week, January 22-28, 2019. The goal of the initiative was to increase public and practitioner awareness of HPV, HPV-related diseases, and the importance of HPV vaccination.

Each day of the week focused on a different HPV-related topic, with daily free webinars, with Thursday, January 24 dedicated to oropharyngeal cancer awareness.

A Celebration of Life & Hope - Survivorship Banquet

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 and survivors, overlooking the baseball stadium. Thank you to South Carolina Chapter Presidents, Alissa Yeargin and Emily Manny, for hosting this engaging event, which also raised funds for the Chapter’s activities.

Recipe Card 12: Greek Lamb & Potato Ragout

Wondering what to have for dinner tonight? Try this light and delicious dish that features a great source of protein and soft vegetables, stewed together in the slow-cooker. 

This recipe is taken from the Healing & Easy Eats: Recipes for Head and Neck Cancer Patients and Survivors (Second Edition), the official cookbook of the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance. Available online now! 


Head & Neck Cancer Recipe Contest: Win a Vitamix Blender!

Have a recipe that you think would be great for head and neck cancer patients and survivors? Share it with us through our Recipe Contest! Submitted recipes will be shared on HNCA's website and social media. You could even win a Vitamix blender!




Ambassador Profile: Anthony White

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.


Meet Anthony White

When faced with navigating an intensive course of more than 370 hours of in-patient chemotherapy, 40 radiation treatments, and six surgical procedures on his journey towards wellness, he mustered his strength, persevered, and a new life path awaited him.

Board & Officer Activities

The dynamic HNCA Board of Directors have been busy educating and advocating for head and neck cancer patients around the world. 

  • Dr. Terry Day of Medical School of South Carolina, presented in a CancerCare workshop on a variety of topics related to oral, head and neck cancer. VIEW NOW
  • Dr. Jatin Shah of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center was featured on TV Asia's Focus Live for oral, head and neck cancer awareness month.
  • Dr. Itzhak Brook of Georgetown University School of Medicine was featured on Health Central in “This Doctor Lost His Vocal Cords To Cancer: What Life is Like Now.” READ NOW
  • Dr. Michael Moore  of Indiana University Health organized a free screening on April 10, during the 21st annual Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week. Find a scheduled screening near you today.
  • Dr. Carole Fakhry and Jason Mendelsohn participated in a CDC webinar on the Perspectives on Oropharyngeal Cancer, which provided scientific overview, clincial expertise and personal experience before and after treatment for HPV-related Oropharyngeal cancer. VIEW NOW.

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Get Involved and Support Head and Neck Cancer Patients

You have the power to raise awareness, encourage prevention, promote screening and early detection, and advocate for access to care. Interested in contributing your time or supporting HNCA? We offer a variety of ways to get involved:

  • Organize an awareness or fundraising event in your community;
  • Donate. Your unrestricted gift is key to supporting our mission and our most critical programs;
  • Become a Corporate Partner of events and/or patient-focused or clinician education programs;
  • Partner with our organization and host a screening in your community (only available to clinicians).

For more information on the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance, click here.


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