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Survivorship 101: Navigating Head and Neck Cancer at Diagnosis, Treatment & Beyond

Wednesday, June 16 at 5pm Pacific (8pm Eastern)



Webinar Description:

This talk will provide a detailed description of the head and neck cancer journey as experienced through the eyes of the patient and clinical providers. We will outline the steps taken to diagnose treatment and delineate optimal treatment options. We will walk through specific and sensitive touchpoints and highlight the physical, social, and emotional confounders that occur before, during, and after treatment.


Meet the Presenters:

Carie Montesa, MSN, RN, AGACNP-BC and Liza Blumenfeld, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-C


Carie Montesa, MSN, RN, AGACNP-BC, is a board-certified adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner.  She received her master’s in nursing from University of Southern Indiana and earned her undergraduate bachelor’s in nursing degree from University of Illinois at Chicago.  She has a background in medical-surgical, oncology and ICU nursing as well as nursing education and management.  For the last 3 years, she has worked on developing and coordinating the UCSD Moores Cancer Center Head and Neck Cancer Survivorship Program.  The survivorship clinic provides long-term follow-up care and surveillance to head and neck cancer survivors with an emphasis on promoting health, well-being and quality of life.  She also provides smoking cessation counseling and treatment for all patients throughout UCSD and am pursuing national certification in tobacco treatment.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and 2 young sons. 


Liza Blumenfeld, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-C, is a medical speech-language pathologist, serving patients with complex swallowing and communication disorders for over 25 years. Her current role is as co-director of the Hanna and Mark Gleiberman Head and Neck Cancer Center at UCSD Moores Cancer Center. Her research interests include investigation of complex cancer treatments on objective and patient-reported swallowing function and outcomes. Liza is passionate about finding ways to move past the current status quo in dysphagia management, allowing patients to enjoy a safer and more meaningful quality of life.


CEUs: No ASHA CEUs are offered for this webinar.

Cost: FREE. This webinar has been made free to all registrants. We recognize the financial hardship that is impacting many people due to the pandemic. As a non-profit, we feel this too. If you would like to make a donation, please visit our Donation Page.


The NFOSD wants to thank Bracco Diagnostics for their unrestricted educational grant.

The NFOSD Webinar Series is funded by an unrestricted educational grant provided by Bracco Diagnostics.

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