Risk factors for this type of cancer are age, smoking, chewing tobacco, use of alcohol, poor nutrition and the HPV virus. Early detection of suspicious areas in the mouth and tongue can be done routinely at regular dental office visits and by a family doctor.
Treatment for this type of cancer usually involves surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Unfortunately, these treatments can leave many lasting side effects that can be difficult to manage. These side effects include dry mouth, swallowing difficulties, change of taste and neck mobility problems.
York Cancer Center/WellSpan has a thriving support group the meets every month with several survivors who help other survivors. The Support for people with Oral and Head and Neck Cancer group is anxious to get the word out to all oral and head and neck cancers survivors that support is available in York Area. This group is run by a nurse navigator, an oncology dietitian, and a speech therapist
The Group is holding a Meet, Greet and Celebrate Event at the York Cancer Center on April 11, 2012 at the Apple Hill mall. Several survivors will be there to greet survivors and there will be several displays from the health professionals for different services available for these survivors.
Diane McElwain RN, OCN, M.Ed
York Cancer Center