Patient Information and Support Groups for Head and Neck Cancers
At Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, we offer the area’s only support group dedicated to head, neck and skull base cancer patients and their families. Any head and neck cancer patient may attend at any stage of treatment and recovery. The Head and Neck Cancer Support Group meets monthly in the Cancer Center Conference Room.
We also offer the area’s only newsletter exclusively for head, neck and skull base cancer patients and their families. The Heads Up newsletter is published quarterly by the Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences. Past issues can be found online. Because we have such a high volume of head and neck cancer patients, the newsletter is an excellent way to stay in touch with patients and offer advice, insight, tips and resources.
Because smoking and tobacco use are the most important risk factors in developing head, neck and skull base cancers, we offer resources to help smokers quit. Support is key to kicking the habit for most people, so we offer tips and resources to help smokers find that support and change their behavior.
Screenings and wellness programs are an important way to educate patients and their families about risks and ways to stay healthy.
Another valuable resource is Dr. Bruce Campbell’s health blog, Reflections in a Head Mirror. His insightful thoughts and compassionate stories inform and inspire cancer patients and their families.
Everyone with a cancer diagnosis deserves a second opinion for reassurance that their diagnosis is accurate, and to be sure they know the treatment options available to them. So much vital function goes on in some very small spaces in the head and neck. Treating these complicated cancers successfully while preserving quality of life is important to our patients and to us. If you or someone you know has been told they need treatment for head, neck or skull base cancer, contact us for a second opinion.
Patient education is an important part of our overall philosophy. In addition to our own internal resources and patient education efforts, other resources that may be helpful include:
National Cancer Institute
American Head and Neck Society
American Cancer Society
The Yul Brynner Head and Neck Foundation
Support for People with Oral & Head & Neck Cancer (SPOHNC)
An online laryngectomy support group
The Thyroid Cancer Survivors' Association
Medical College of Wisconsin:
Otolaryngology & Communication Sciences