Grab the crab by the throat! – Day doctor

The Swordflower Program of the Hungarian Head and Neck Oncology Society and the Mályvavirág Foundation is organized for the second time by the Hungarian “Grab the crab by the throat! – Make Sense 2022” campaign.

Hungary leads the world in terms of deaths caused by head and neck tumors, in connection with which smoking, alcohol consumption and human papillomavirus infection (HPV) are among the prominent risk factors.

From September 19 to 23 the Make Sense campaign is being held worldwide, the primary goal of which is to raise awareness: the campaign helps to reach as many people as possible with the most important information about head and neck tumors, and thus to facilitate the possibility of an early diagnosis. The main patron of the campaign is Prof. dr. Béla Merkely, Rector of Semmelweis University.

As part of this year’s campaign, the Hungarian Head and Neck Oncology Society – dr. Under the chairmanship of László Tamás, director of the Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery Clinic of Semmelweis University, in cooperation with the Mályvavirág Foundation, he presents the website. The site is a digital patient guide, the purpose of which is to provide those affected by head and neck cancer and their relatives with all the important information in each phase of the disease. In this way, all information can be found in one place, from the onset of symptoms to treatment options to rehabilitation and recovery.

A smartphone can filter blocked blood vessels in the neck

We want to support and accompany those affected by head and neck cancer even when they are not sitting opposite us. They must know and understand exactly what happens to them in which part of the patient journey, and what they can expect. The right amount and quality of information is just as important during rehabilitation and follow-up as it is during diagnosis or treatment. This patient travel companion website is a unique and extremely creative development on a global level, with the help of which we do not let go of the patient’s hand at any stage of the journey” says dr. Professor László Tamás.

Organized and implemented by the National Center for Public Health and with the help of the Against Cancer, for Humanity, for Tomorrow Social Foundation, free otolaryngology and oral cavity screening will be available to interested parties at several locations throughout the country during the campaign week – university clinics, hospitals and screening buses.

According to the experts’ recommendations, it is worth participating in otolaryngology and oral cavity screening even if you do not experience symptoms, as it is possible that the tumors and pre-tumor conditions that have developed are symptomless.

“The screening test can reassure us that there are no changes in the head and neck region that could raise the suspicion of a cancerous disease. At the same time, it is also very important that if symptoms such as prolonged sore throat, ear pain, pain in the oral cavity, painless swelling of the neck, difficulty opening the mouth or swallowing persist for more than three weeks, you should consult a specialist, as these symptoms may indicate a more serious illness. As with all cancers, early diagnosis can be life-saving in head and neck cancer” says dr. Kornél Dános, otolaryngologist, head and neck surgeon, head of the digital patient journey website for head and neck tumors.

About head and neck tumors

Head and neck tumors include tumors that develop in the head and neck region: primarily oral cavity, oropharyngeal, nasopharyngeal, algal, larynx, and nasal cavity/sinus tumors. In terms of occurrence, it is the sixth-seventh most common cancer in Europe. Despite this, the level of caution regarding the disease is very low: the majority of patients are already in an advanced stage when the diagnosis is made. 60% of advanced-stage patients die within 5 years as a result of the disease. At the same time, in case of early diagnosis, the survival rate is 80-90%.

The main risk factors include smoking, alcohol consumption and human papillomavirus infection. In the case of men, the development of head and neck tumors is 2-3 times more likely than in women, but unfortunately more and more women are being diagnosed with the disease recently. It is also a worrying fact that, while for a long time it mostly affected the age group over 40, today it also occurs in younger people, which can be traced back to HPV infection.

About the Make Sense campaign

The Make Sense campaign is a unique and exciting initiative of the European Head and Neck Society (EHNS), led by Prof. Wojciech Golusinski and C. René Leemans. The EHNS is a multidisciplinary body that brings together medical experts from many disciplines, including head and neck oncologists, otolaryngologists, oral surgeons, plastic surgeons, clinical oncologists, radiation therapy specialists, imaging specialists and pathologists. The initiative involves participants from several other fields, such as dental hygienists, speech therapists, special nurses, psychologists, physiotherapists, dietitians, social workers, researchers and patient organizations dealing with head and neck tumors.

Through the Make Sense campaign, the EHNS aims to draw attention to the symptoms of head and neck tumors, to promote the earliest possible diagnosis and referral of the patient to the right place, as well as to improve the chances of complete and progression-free survival.

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