Thursday, January 22, 2015


Tasty Tuesdays:  Oncology Nutrition Lecture and Cooking Demonstration

As cancer treatment continues or comes to an end, you may wonder what foods you should be eating.  It may be time to develop new lifestyle behaviors in regard to nutrition and physical activity.  Join in for a monthly lecture and discussion on the importance of nutrition and physical activity in cancer recovery and prevention.  Each month, a new topic is discussed.  Topics range from choosing whole foods, sugars and sweeteners, understanding food labels and nutrition claims, use of supplements, etc.

Sessions begin at 12 pm in Physicians Pavilion West,
Third Floor Conference Room
February 10, 2015Supplements: Are they Beneficial?
March 10, 2015Food Labeling and Health Claims
April 14, 2015Meat:  How Much is too Much?
May 12, 2015Is Grilling Safe?
Sept. 8, 2015Sugar Substitutes & High Fructose Corn Syrup
October 13, 2015Good Fat vs. Bad Fat
Nov. 10, 2015Probiotics:  What Are They?
December 8, 2015Nutrition for Brain Health

This is a free patient service open to patients and family members of the Milton J. Dance, Jr. Head and Neck Center and the Sandra and Malcolm Berman Cancer Institute and Breast Center at GBMC.  Light fare and refreshments are served and parking is complimentary. To reserve your spot, please call:  Keri Ryniak, RD, CSO, CNSD at 443-849-8186.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Head and Neck Cancer

What are some of the risk factors for head and neck cancer?

There are a variety of risk factors for head and neck cancers. Age and lifestyle, such as alcohol and tobacco use, are the most important. However, risk factors can vary, depending on the type of cancer.

What are some of the warning signs of head and neck cancer?

Warning signs usually depend on the location of the cancer. Signs can include a sore on the lip or in the mouth that won't go away, a lump on the lip or in the mouth, difficulty or pain with swallowing or chewing and change in voice or hoarseness.

Is there a risk of disfigurement with head and neck surgery?

Reconstruction may be a part of the treatment plan and your physician will discuss treatment options with you before the surgery takes place.

Visit the Johns Hopkins Head and Neck Surgery website for more information.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Mark Your Calendar for 2015 Upcoming Conferences

11th Annual Voice Conference
Advanced Topics in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Laryngeal Disorders
Laryngeal Stroboscopy in Clinical Practice with Hands-On Instruction
Friday & Saturday June 26 & 27, 2015

Multidisciplinary Comprehensive Rehabilitation Following Laryngectomy
September  11 & 12, 2015

Please call Barbara Messing, M.A., CCC-SLP, BCS-S at 443-849-8451 for questions regarding any of our upcoming conferences. 

Friday, November 7, 2014

For Head & Neck Cancer Patients-Survivors

The Milton J. Dance, Jr. Head & Neck Center is a pioneer facility; the first ever to take an interdisciplinary approach to the treatment of head and neck cancer. Since our opening in 1980, we have continued to stay in the forefront of care, treating patients from all over the world.

Head and Neck Comprehensive ServicesToday, our comprehensive services address every physical and emotional need of patients with head and neck conditions -- from surgery to voice rehabilitation, dentistry to swallowing. Our integrated approach teams the patient and their primary care physician with specialists in the disciplines of:
  • Surgery
  • Medical Oncology
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Speech-Language Pathology
  • Nursing
  • Nutritional Services
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Oncology Social Work
  • Maxillofacial Prosthodontia
  • Dentistry
Our expertise extends to patients in any stage of care -- from pre-operative to post-operative. The Center's Rehabilitation Services include:
  • daily rounds on inpatients
  • discharge planning and home health care coordination
  • speech, voice and swallowing therapy
  • outpatient follow-up
  • patient and family counseling and support
  • patient and family education
  • patient assessment
  • head and neck cancer tumor board and patient care conference
Head and neck conditions can be especially devastating for patients. In addition to medical concerns, these conditions can also have a tremendous psychological impact on patients' social lives and their interactions with the world. Oncology patients and their families participate together with a coordinated care team at the Center, whose services may include pre-treatment assessment and teaching, education, psychosocial evaluation and counseling services.
The Center also offers services for adult and pediatric patients with speech, language, voice, cognitive-communicative and swallowing disorders. We have sophisticated voice and dysphagia (swallowing) programs, incorporating state-of-the-art equipment including laryngeal stroboscopy, videofluoroscopy, (FEES) fiberoptic endoscopy, sEMG, transnasal esophagoscopy, Botox, Laryngeal EMG, and a swallowing workstation.
Our personnel are truly dedicated to providing excellent care by extending their commitment into the community with free oral cancer screenings, and by offering long-term follow-up programs to primary care physicians.
For more about The Milton J. Dance, Jr. Head & Neck Center, please call 443-849-8451 or email us.

Monday, October 20, 2014

17th Annual Head and Neck Conference - Just Surviving or Surviving Well: Life after Cancer Treatment

Friday, October 24, 2014


Instructional Personnel Disclosures

Program Objectives:

By attending this program, participants will:
  • Discuss the impact of head and neck cancer treatment on survivorship. 
  • Describe the effect of treatment advances in head and neck cancer therapies on quality of life. 
  • Describe advances in facial reconstruction after ablative surgery for head and neck cancer. 
  • Identify functional outcome measures related to speech and swallow after head and neck cancer treatment. 
  • Describe oral and dental rehabilitation of head and neck cancer survivors. 
  • Discuss psychosocial issues related to head and neck cancer survivorship. 
Please call Barbara Messing, M.A., CCC-SLP, BCS-S at 443-849-8451 for questions regarding any of our upcoming conferences.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Resources, links and other information available for you.

Periodical-on-line journals
Journal of the American Medical Association
Oncology Issues

Other Journal Information
Journal of Fluency Disorders

Advocacy Sites
Tobacco Free - Education for people of all ages on smoking and tobacco use

Cancer (General) Sites
American Cancer Society
Cancer Care. Source for information, resources, and services available to cancer patients.
National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS). Grassroots network of individuals and organizations working on behalf of people with all types of cancer.

Caregiver Sites 
National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA) Addresses common needs of all family caregivers.
Well Spouse Foundation. A site for well spouses who face the same problems of anger, guilt, fear, isolation, grief and financial threat, whether they are full-time caregivers or whether their partners have only moderately disabling illnesses.
Partnership for Caring: America's Voices for the Dying is a coalition of individual consumers, consumer organizations, health care professionals and health care organizations advocating for needed changes in professional and public policy and health care systems to improve care for dying persons and their families.

Social Security. The official website of the social security administration. Information on disability, Medicare and how to apply for services.

Head and Neck Cancer Related Sites 
American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
American Brain Tumor Association: Learn about the latest treatments, research, support resources as well as ABTA events
Cancer of the Larynx. Information, support and assistance for cancer of the larynx patients.
Cancer of the Larynx Information. This center provides information from the International Association of Laryngectomees (IAL). Includes resources for obtaining assistance and support from local organizations, where to find qualified speech pathologists and other events of interest. Has information on the association's listserv "web whispers".
Thyroid Cancer. An excellent site for information on types of thyroid cancer and treatment.
National Oral Cancer Awareness Program (NOCAP). A resource for professionals and the public.

National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research

Speech and Swallowing
The American Speech-Language Hearing
Electronic Speech Enhancement. Information on the ESE device for individuals with neuromuscular impairment and other voice/speech disorders.

Support Sites
WebWhispers Nu Voice Club - An active international Email-based online laryngectomee support group with a Newsletter and a Loaner Closet.
Support for People with Head and Neck Cancer. A patient directed self-help organization dedicated to meeting the needs of Oral and Head and Neck Cancer patients.

Cancer Care - Source for information, resources, and services, online support groups.