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Sticking Out Tongue Straight: An Impossible Feat

I have adopted a sister, a survivor sister Dale Noelle. Tongue cancer became the topic of conversation between my friend Erin’s mother and Dale’s mother over a card game. They agreed Dale and I should meet. For months, our busy schedules didn’t allow us to plan a meeting. But, when I got the message she could attend a lecture I …

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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 …

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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HPV Negative: So What Was the Cause of Your Oral Cancer if it wasn’t Tobacco?

Nancy: I was diagnosed at age 54. I was a very light smoker and quit altogether at 30.  They attribute my oral cancer to tobacco.  But I have my own idea about it – I used to chew a pack a day of Trident or some other sugar-free gum, chewing constantly. Food for thought. Ed: I used Listerine 3-5 per a day for years …

Take Control of Cancer: Don’t let cancer control YOU

Dear Eva, I had massive surgery to remove tumor in lower jaw & cheek followed by 30 radiation treatments which near killed me. I now suffer badly from side effects & nearly everything I eat gives a burning in the mouth. Just smelling some spices makes me burn & break out in massive sweat. Is there anything I can do to …