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“Dear Eva” – A letter from Yolanda

Hi Eva, I write to you because I’m desperate. I’m a 31 years old mother of two, and my oral cancer is back for the third time. Well, this time around there is no treatment since I have been radiated before. Everyone on the tumor board agrees no treatment should be given, however my radiation oncologist tells me we can …

PET Scans for Oral Cancer Check-up

Last year, I attended the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) conference as a Patient Advocate. I learned about the high doses of radiation from PET scans. In addition, they are often recommended three months after radiation when most people have not yet completely healed from the treatment. After such a short period after treatment, there are a lot of …

Newly Diagnosed and Needs Support

Dear Eva, My name is Lisa and I work for Dave, a friend of your husband’s. I was telling Dave that my father was recently diagnosed with Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma and he told me to contact you.   Dad wasn’t feeling well just after Christmas and thought his left neck glands were swollen. His physician ordered a CT and …

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When will healthcare providers do a better job recognizing the signs of oral cancer???

Dear Eva, I just had this crazy idea to contact you for advice/help.  I am a 5-year survivor of squamous-cell cancer, My treatment included a tonsillectomy and a maximum dose of radiation with chemo. Lately, from the moment I wake up, I have a super sweet/sour taste in my mouth and it continues all day. Food tastes like the taste …