Posts tagged “Head And Neck Cancer”

Head And Neck Cancer Awareness

by GregP_WN

April is head and neck cancer awareness month, along with testicular cancer and esophageal cancer. This piece will focus on head and neck cancer since there is so much to cover for this group of cancers. I have been unfortunate enough to have three diagnoses in this category. Tonsil, hypopharyngeal, and thyroid cancer.

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Head and neck cancer is a group of several types of cancer that originate in the head and neck area. Tongue, tonsil, eye, salivary gland, larynx, throat, lips, nose, and more,...

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2 Weeks Out From Life Saving, Life Altering Surgery

by GregP_WN

I'm not sure what I expected going into surgery at Vanderbilt 2 weeks ago today. Leading up to it I was anxious and in a hurry to get it done and get it out of me. I was diagnosed with laryngeal cancer that required having a complete laryngectomy and bilateral neck dissection.

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Sweetie waiting with me for the docs to come get me for surgery

That morning started like so many other mornings that we have been at Vanderbilt for me to have a procedure. Until this one, I have had several...

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5 Ways Cancer Affects Your Mouth And Dental Health

by Derek Edison

Cancer has, for a long time, been a pandemic among humans. What most people don't know is that a considerable number of cancer patients often end up with dental health problems before, during, and after treatment. Cancer is a severe and sometimes fatal disease, and people often ignore anything minor to focus on their cancer treatment plan. 

5 Ways Cancer Affects Your Mouth And Dental

It is, however, not a good idea to let your dental health get worse since this may lead to more complications. In such a scenario, the...

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Surviving Stage IV Tonsil Cancer - 7 Years and Counting

by Debbie Pepin

Editor's note: Our Guest Blog Post today is from Debbie Pepin, a 7 year survivor of head and neck cancer. (tonsil) She shares her story from going to an annual health exam to being a cancer patient fighting for her life. 

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Healthy, happy and busy, at an annual exam my GP suggested I show my enlarged right tonsil to an ENT in February 2011. I hadn’t known that we have 3 sets of tonsils – the palatine are what people usually refer to that are on both sides of the back of our throat. The...

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My Mom, My Angel - A Son's View of Fighting Cancer

by Layne Compston

Our guest blog post today is from Layne Compston, he is the Son of Laura Compston, "LCompston", a 2-time head and neck cancer survivor covering 32 years. His post gives a Son's view of fighting cancer.

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Growing up as an only child had its benefits. For example, I didn’t have to share my toys with anyone. My mom and dad always made sure I had plenty to open when it came to certain holidays such as Christmas. I always remembered having many presents under the tree. My parents would always go...

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Surviving Head and Neck Cancer 2X Over 32 Years

by GregP_WN

Our blog post today is from our WhatNexter of the Week, "LCompston". She is a two-time head and neck cancer survivor and was kind enough to share all of the details of her 32-year journey, the good, bad and ugly.

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I believe my journey started in the 7th and 8th grade of school. It was the start of me surviving head and neck cancer 2X over 32 years. I always had Mono and was in and out of the doctor and on antibiotics all the time. In 8th grade, I had a major math test. Right before the...

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