Apologies In Healthcare

If my oral surgeon apologized to me, I would have never pursued a lawsuit. However, after my  husband called his office with the news that I was diagnosed at Stage IV, I never heard from him or his office again. No card, no flowers, no fruit basket, no words. I’m guessing he called his lawyer who said to him, ‘Don’t …

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; …

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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 …

Oral Cancer Survivors: The Bond We Share

We had a 5:00 AM date for coffee at the airport.  His shift as the onsite airport policeman started at 6:30 but after he heard my interview on the radio he was anxious to meet me in a person, even if it meant at 5 in the morning. In the interview, I shared my passion about raising awareness about oral …

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A Good Story About Saving a Life by Catching Oral Cancer Early!

Dear Eva, Thank you for your dedication to this cause. I ashamedly admit that in my 30+ years as a dentist I have become lax about the thoroughness and frequency of my head and neck exams in my practice. But I must tell you a short story… About 9 months ago I was doing a routine examination on a long …