Head and neck cancer

 

Head and neck cancer is a relatively uncommon type of cancer. However, there are more than 30 areas within the head and neck where cancer can develop, including the lips and mouth (oral cavity), larynx (voice box), nose and sinuses, pharynx (throat), salivary glands and nasopharynx (the area at the back of the nose and mouth).

We provide the best possible care for patients who are diagnosed with head and neck malignancies. We provide support, information, counselling and education to you and your relatives and carers throughout treatment.

A cancer diagnosis has a great impact on patients and carers, physically, emotionally, and psychologically. We aim to provide the highest possible standard of care for all our patients at every stage in their pathway.

More on what we do

The head and neck cancer team provide a diagnostic and treatment service for patients with suspected or confirmed head and neck cancer after referral from your GP or another healthcare professional.

Treatments

Treatment options will be discussed with you by one of our team but could include:

  • surgery
  • radiotherapy
  • chemotherapy

Our team

Our dedicated team is made up of ear, nose and throat (ENT) consultant surgeons, consultant oncologists, consultant oral and maxillofacial surgeons, consultant plastic and reconstructive surgeons, consultant radiologists, consultant pathologists, head and neck specialist nurses, language therapists, dietitians, and head and neck therapeutic radiographers.

Consultant ear, nose and throat surgeons

  • Mr Andrew Husband
  • Mr Joel Smith

Consultant maxillofacial surgeons

  • Mr Andrew McLennan
  • Mr John Bowden

Consultant plastic and reconstructive surgeons

  • Mr Chris Wallace
  • Miss Katerina Anesti

Consultant oncologists

  • Dr David Hwang
  • Dr Chris Hamilton

Clinical nurse specialists

  • Claire Barber
  • Zoe Copp
  • Joy Higgs
  • Kelly Kingwell

Where to find us

RD&E Wonford, Barrack Rd, Exeter EX2 5DW

Contact us

If you are already a patient of ours, we offer 24-hour nursing advice, so if you have any concerns, please contact us on 01392 402807.

Helpful websites

Clinics

Joint head and neck cancer clinic: Monday afternoons

Post-radiotherapy review clinic: Thursdays

Nurse-led airway and general clinic: Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Pre-treatment head and neck cancer clinic: Thursday mornings

Radiotherapy on treatment review clinic: Fridays

Supporting you

Our Head and Neck Cancer Recovery Group helps to support patients who have received treatment for head and neck cancer. Many patients have side-effects from their treatment and it can help to discuss these with people who have had similar experiences. This can help to reduce feelings of isolation as well as provide practical advice. The group meets at the FORCE Cancer Centre on the first Thursday of every month, 10am-11.45. To find out more about the group, please contact us on 01392 402215.

FORCE Cancer Charity works locally to support anyone affected by cancer and will work closely with the people involved in your treatment. Find out more about the support FORCE can offer at forcecancercharity.co.uk.

Health and wellbeing clinics are also offered to patients with a diagnosis of cancer to help support you through your pathway. Your nursing team will be able to provide you with more information on the structure and content of these sessions.

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