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The Newest HNC Updates

Spring is here, and along with it comes warmer weather and the hope that only a new season can bring. We hope that you and your family are staying healthy and safe, and we hope that the warmth and light of a new season encourages you in these challenging times. In this newsletter, we’ll be sharing some positive news about treatments during the COVID-19 pandemic and a patient fighting back.

Study Confirms Safety of Head and Neck Cancer Surgery During the COVID-19 Pandemic

While the pandemic has been through many highs and lows, it continues to impact the lives of all types of cancer patients, including head and neck cancer patients. A recent study in CANCER, which is a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, found that head and neck cancer surgery and treatment remains completely safe with proper precautions throughout the pandemic.
Earlier in the pandemic, many different operations were initially canceled due to the uncertain nature of transmission. However, now that the spread of COVID-19 is more understood and vaccinations are available, patients can expect their treatment to proceed normally, providing that no positive tests are received over the course of their preparation. The importance of surgery still continuing was also emphasized throughout the study, as HNC patients can have fast-spreading cancer where weeks or months can make a dramatic difference in outcome.
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Father of Five and Military Veteran Wins Battle Over Throat Cancer

This inspiring article shares the story of Fred Escobedo, who was diagnosed with throat cancer despite not having a past history of smoking or other risk factors. Thanks to his care team and rapid diagnosis, he was able to benefit from the multi-disciplinary approach of the Miami Cancer Institute.
During his treatment, he also received a unique procedure designed to fight against the dry mouth that many HNC patients experience during radiation and treatment. Doctors moved one of his salivary glands out of the radiation field to preserve its function and help keep him more comfortable.
 
Fred’s treatment was not without challenges, as a small portion of the tumor remained even after chemotherapy and radiation, but the care team was able to use robotic technology to reach the area where the tumor was located and remove it without needing to perform more drastic measures, like splitting the jaw. Today, Fred is cancer-free.
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The Courage Unmasked III Gala Art Benefit Dinner has been rescheduled for June 11th, 2022!

We are excited to announce that the Courage Unmasked III Gala Art Benefit Dinner has been rescheduled for June 11th, 2022! CUIII is a silent and live auction to raise money and awareness for head and neck cancer (HNC) patients. Artists from all over the country created fine art by transforming radiation masks formerly worn by HNC patients to position and immobilize their heads during treatment. These unique masterpieces will be auctioned at the Gala. Money from mask sales and admissions will support HNC patients and survivors in the Greater Washington, DC area.

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