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Head & Neck Oncology

Patient and Family Education

Patient Success Stories

The University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center is recognized as a leader in providing advanced cancer treatment. Read about some of our Head and Neck Oncology patients and their life-changing experiences. See all patient success stories.

Michael Abramson

It was quite a shock when I was diagnosed with head and neck cancer in October '09. What I thought was a swollen gland after coming down with the flu, turned out to be cancer that had spread to my lymph node...

Pat Tierney

Pat Tierney

After four years of nagging throat and ear problems, Pat Tierney was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer at the base of her tongue in 2008. She traveled from her home in Kentucky to several cancer centers around the country for opinions before deciding to be treated by Dr. William Regine in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center in Baltimore.

Donald Upchurch

A Cancer Journey in Photos and Video

Donald Upchurch was treated for head and neck cancer at the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center. Throughout his treatment, he and his wife, Darleen, chronicled the journey in pictures.

Full Story in Photos and Video

Family and Cancer Care: Stories from the University of Maryland Medical Center

Many of us are celebrating renewal at this time of year. For family members who have cancer survivors, the celebration means an additional fresh start. I, too, have a family member who just completed the ordeal of radiation and chemotherapy for oral cancer. He is just now able to taste one flavor a little bit -- chocolate.

Jennifer Grogan

Oral Cancer Survivor Says She Was "Cared For By the Best" at UMMC

Jennifer Grogan was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma of the tounge in June, 1994 when she was only 21. Her physician referred her to Dr. Robert Ord, the chief of Oral-Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Maryland Medical Center and a professor at the University of Maryland Dental School.

Louis and Vicki Schwartz

Surviving the Perfect Storm: A Journey of Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

Louis Schwarz refers to his experience with cancer as a "perfect storm." That compelling image - of a series of unlikely events coming together to produce a very powerful outcome - perfectly describes what led to his diagnosis and successful treatment for throat cancer.

Marsha Reichman

Oral Cancer Patient says She Received "Fantastic Care" at the University of Maryland Medical Center

In February of 1998, Marsha Reichman underwent a partial glossectomy for tongue cancer. Eight years later she is doing well and says "I am very grateful that I was recommended to Dr. Robert Ord and feel that is why I am still here. I think Dr. Ord is a phenemonal surgeon, and the best physician for..."

This page was last updated on: September 14, 2012.