The Do and Don’t List of Being a Friend to Someone with Cancer

How To Be a Friend to a Survivor of Oral Cancer Cancer survivors are NOT contagious. There is no need to be afraid. Cancer is NOT a death sentence. Here is how you can be a friend to a cancer survivor. The Do List Do maintain regular contact; send a card/email often or call. Do listen with an open heart; …

“I’m not doing the Oral Cancer Walk with you!” my daughter yelled, and it hurt.

  Dear Eva, My daughter is 21, lives at home and is a nursing student. When she was 10 my sister was diagnosed with breast cancer. When she was 12 my sister passed away from breast cancer. Since then, we have participated in Relay for Life in her memory. When she was 19, I was diagnosed with oral cancer and now living …

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Using the Word ‘Cancer’ During the Extra/Intra Oral Screening

Hi Eva, I have a question for you! Since seeing you speak at RDH Under One Roof in 2013, I’ve been faithful about providing the Six-Step Screening to patients. They really appreciate my ‘new and improved’ screening process thanks to YOU. Last Monday, a gentlemen said to me: “Why do you have to say ‘Oral Cancer Screening’? Cancer is a …

Communicating with Patients

Assessing competency and skills in relating and communicating to patients is not a requirement for graduating medical school. Can giving doctors a script for empathy actually make them more empathetic? In a New York Times article on the subject, a doctor comments on taking a course about communicating with patients: “This has really helped me in my practice and has …

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Temple Dental Students Speak out about Oral Cancer and Eva Grayzel’s Presentation

Temple Dental University

For the last 7 years, my presentation, Tongue-Tied: A Story NOT Silenced by Oral Cancer was put into the dental school curriculum by oral pathologist Maria Fornatora, D.M.D, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry. For one hour, I’m given the chance to inspire, motivate and impact the way dental students will provide services to …