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PAIN: The Most Common Symptom of Oral Cancer

If anyone can give lessons on coping with life challenges it’s Neil Arnold. What is it like to be Neil, a retired OBGYN and 24-year late stage oropharyngeal survivor? Neil no longer speaks. He is a laryngectomee and due to recurrences, he can no longer articulate words. He lives in silence. What impressed me was his staunch independence. When the …

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Newly-Trained Dental Professionals Lack Attention to Oral Cancer: What Should I Say?

Dear Eva, I just got home from the dentist and am distressed about the lack of attention my dentist and his staff pay to oral cancer screenings. Is there is a way for you to help? I like my dentist and his hygienist does a great job, but it all stops there. It is noted in my chart that I want an oral cancer screening. …

Attitude of Gratitude: Oral Cancer Foundation Walk for Awareness

The weekend, I attended the Oral Cancer Foundation Walk for Awareness in Andover NJ. What an inspiring event, as always! I met Andrew, diagnosed at 26 with tonsil cancer shortly after being married, now a 3-year survivor. Trevor and Todd were buddies from their sons being on the same soccer team….6 months after one got oral cavity cancer, the other …

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Eva’s Keynote Speech Influenced My Career Path: Improve Dental Care For Cancer Patients

Dear Eva, In January of 2012, when I was in college, I volunteered in the oral oncology department of the British Columbia Cancer Agency. During this time I was exposed to dentistry and the challenges faced by those undergoing chemotherapy and radiation therapy for cancer, but I didn’t really connect the dots between cancer and dentistry at that time. I …

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: No Effect on Squamous Cell Cancer Growth

Can Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) cause squamous cell cancer cells in the oral cavity or orapahrynx to run rampant? I met one survivor who believes HBOT caused her recurrence. When I was asked by another survivor if she should consider HBOT for radiation fibrosis, I figured I better ask an expert. This study suggests that supplying extra oxygen has no effect on squamous cell …