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Trident Medical Center offers a support group for patients with head and neck cancer

ByJulie J. Helfer

Apr 24, 2022

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – Head and neck cancers affect the throat, lips, mouth, nose and other areas; they are often called the most visible cancers.

“Many patients need to relearn how to talk and eat and how to socialize,” said Hannah Cornett, speech pathologist at Head and Neck Specialists – Charleston.

Trident Medical Center, a hospital in North Charleston, said it was creating a support group for patients with head and neck pain.

Missy Smith, a licensed social worker at Trident Medical Center, will lead the groups. The hospital says these groups are important because cancer not only impacts patients’ physical health, but also their emotional health.

“One of the goals of the support group is to remind patients that they are not alone,” Smith said. “Many patients tell us how much their community of family and friends helps them during their survival. Our support group will build on these relationships by bringing survivors together with our clinicians. Only survivors of head and neck cancer have many questions. We will be there to answer their questions and support them.

The first support group will be held Tuesday at Head and Neck Specialists – Charleston, 9228 Medical Plaza Drive from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Trident says survivors can bring a guest and there is no charge to attend. Meetings will be held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month.

Click here to join.

In the United States, head and neck cancer claims the lives of more than 15,000 people each year.

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