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BY Ronda Wendler

Arik Mayer had just graduated from high school and was eagerly anticipating his new life as a college student. But during his first year at Idaho State University, he was diagnosed with COVID-19, strep throat, and cancer.

“Instead of enjoying being on campus, I was miserable,” he says.

Arik tested positive for COVID-19 first. Just as he was recovering, strep throat knocked him back down. Antibiotics helped, but an inflamed...

Arik Mayer playing his guitar

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Most people who are diagnosed with throat cancer won’t see anything unusual if they look in the mirror, open their mouths and say, “Ahhhh....

BY Gerry McKim

As a retired Navy hurricane research pilot, I don’t leave anything up to chance. When I was with the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration...

BY John Sullivan

In August 2019, I noticed a small lump on the right side of my neck while shaving. I immediately thought to myself that this was not normal.

I did not want to waste any time. I made an appointment that same day with my family doctor, who referred me to an ear, nose and throat specialist for a biopsy.

That is when I found out I had a rare throat cancer called hypopharynx cancer. This type of cancer affects the bottom of your...

John Sullivan stands beside a Christmas tree with his youngest daughter, Leslie

BY Meagan Raeke

Oropharyngeal cancer includes cancers of the tonsils, base of the tongue and other parts of the throat. It’s usually caused by the human papillomavirus...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

Living with a tracheostomy and learning proper tracheostomy care can take some adjustment for cancer patients who rely on them during cancer...

BY Mark Teague

Cancer runs in my family. My mom alone has lost three of her sisters to the disease. So, when I heard a doctor tell me, “You have throat cancer...

BY Mark Teague

When I moved to central Louisiana for my job as a high school football coach in 2016, I starting hearing great things about MD Anderson almost...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

Today, treatment for throat cancer isn’t just focused on removing the cancer. Now that most patients successfully overcome the cancer, doctors...

BY Danielle Underferth

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic stretches on, the HPV vaccine may not seem like a priority for parents worried about keeping their...