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Head and Neck Cancer Alliance
The Louisiana Chapter of the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance is located in Shreveport where there is a strong clinical practice in head and neck surgery at Feist-Weiller Cancer Center at LSU Health Shreveport. Board member Cherie-Ann Nathan, MD, FACS at Feist-Weiller Cancer Center and the LSU Health Shreveport Dept. of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, leads a dedicated team of physicians in bringing novel molecular targeted therapeutics, chemopreventive agents and state-of-the-art rehabilitative techniques to head and neck cancer patients through a multidisciplinary, comprehensive team approach. Dr. Nathan directs two programs funded by the NIH that have moved forward from the bench to clinical trials: an active translational research program in molecular targeted therapy for head and neck cancer, and chemo prevention with nutraceuticals.
Fellow Board member Jennifer Bland is grateful to see programs that educate the public about the dangers of smoking and early detection of the disease. Bland works to raise money to find a cure for this disease and improving quality-of-life for survivors. The Louisiana Chapter partners with Feist-Weiller Cancer Center and the LSU Health Shreveport Dept. of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery to offer FREE head and neck cancer screenings. These screenings are available in multiple locations in north Louisiana thanks to Feist-Weiller Cancer Center's Partners in Wellness mobile screening unit. In 2010, the mobile screening unit traveled to regional hospitals and colleges, a homeless shelter, Barksdale Air Force Base, and anchored a 5K run to provide FREE oral, head and neck cancer screenings and to educate additional segments of the community about the disease.
Mission of the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance
What is head and neck cancer?
How do I know if I have head and neck cancer?
Each spring, Feist-Weiller Cancer Center and the Department of Otolayngology/Head & Neck Surgery at LSU Health Shreveport offer a free screening to look for signs of cancer affecting the mouth, lips, tongue, voice box and neck. This annual free screening takes place in conjunction with the national Oral, Head & Neck Cancer Awareness Week.
How do I make an appointment?
If you are concerned about oral, head and neck cancer, ask your physician for a referral or call 318.675.6262.
To learn about clinical trials for oral, head and neck cancer, call Cheryl Clark, PhD 318.675.6259.
How can I help?
Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week is a weeklong series of events to promote education and awareness of oral, head and neck cancers, organized through the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance. The Louisiana Chapter works with the national office to promote a greater understanding of the causes of cancers that arise in the nasal cavity, sinuses, lips, mouth, thyroid glands, salivary glands, throat and voice box. Free screenings are provided in many places across the country during this week, and Feist-Weiller Cancer Center at LSU Health Shreveport is one of them.
A second goal of the Louisiana Chapter is to promote support for research on the national level. Show your support for Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week by donating today! Click here.
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