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.

Monday, July 14, 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.

Today, 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.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Johns Hopkins Head and Neck Surgery

Johns Hopkins Head & Neck Surgery offers a host of minimally invasive procedures including:
  • Advanced Skin Cancer Surgery
  • GBMC's da Vinci® Robotic Surgery Treatment
  • Diagnostic Ultrasound
  • Endoscopic Laser Resection of Laryngeal Tumors
  • Laryngectomy
  • Management of head and neck premalignancy
  • Mandibulectomy
  • Melanoma Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Skull Base Surgery
  • Neck Dissection
  • Parathyroidectomy
  • Parotidectomy
  • Salivary Gland Surgery
  • Sentinel Lymph Node Mapping and Biopsy
  • State-of-the-art video endoscopic instrumentation including flexible endoscopy
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Tracheo-Esophogeal Puncture
  • Transnasal Esophagoscopy
  • Transoral Robotic Surgery

Johns Hopkins Head & Neck Surgery team work hand-in-hand with the multidisciplinary team of professionals at theMilton J. Dance, Jr. Head and Neck Center to ensure a coordinated plan of care for patients with head and neck conditions.

Patients and their families receive education and counseling during every stage of care. Individual and group support services are provided by a team that consists of speech-language pathologists, head and neck nurse specialist, oncology social workers and a registered dietitian.

Multidisciplinary team services provided by the Milton J. Dance, Jr. Head & Neck Center include:
  • Head and Neck Nursing
  • Oncology Social Work
  • Speech Pathology Services
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Oral Pathology/Oral Medicine
  • Maxillofacial Pathology

Monday, May 19, 2014

Multidisciplinary Comprehensive Rehabilitation Following Laryngectomy 2014

September 12 - 13, 2014 


About the program:
Although the goal of every clinician is organ preservation, a total laryngectomy is often
unavoidable in patients with advanced stage laryngeal and hypo pharyngeal cancer or
recurrent disease. Fortunately, the quality of life following a total laryngectomy is very
good provided surgical and rehabilitation efforts are optimal. Over the last several
decades considerable progress in voice, pulmonary and olfaction rehabilitation of the
 total laryngectomy patient has been made. This course will share current trends and
practices in post-laryngectomy rehabilitation. A cadaver resection lab offers attendees a
unique and powerful learning experience in surgical techniques for total laryngectomy.
Additionally, a hands-on lab with patient volunteers provides attendees the opportunity
to learn techniques of tracheoesophageal prosthesis replacement.

Program Objectives

By attending this program participants will:
  • Describe the surgical techniques of total laryngectomy as learned through the cadaver lab
    component of this course.
  • Describe the latest in surgical techniques for voice restoration following total laryngectomy.
  • Differentiate between primary and secondary voice prosthesis placement and identify pros
    and cons of each.
  • Describe the decision making process in selecting the appropriate voice prosthesis.
  • Discuss the benefits of heat moisture exchangers (HMEs) and free hands valves.
Please call Barbara Messing, M.A., CCC-SLP, BCS-S at 443-849-8451 for questions
regarding any of our upcoming conferences. 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

FREE Oral Screenings

The Milton J. Dance, Jr. Head and Neck Center at GBMC is offering FREE oral screenings on Tuesday, April 22.

Appointments begin at 3:30 p.m.

This screening is especially good for people using tobacco and/or alcohol products. 

Please register through the Screening Line at 443-849-3080. Learn more: