Head and Neck


Our team of surgeons and specialist nurses look after adults and children with conditions affecting the head and neck. This includes different types of cancer but also benign (non-cancerous) conditions.

More on what we do

There are more than 30 areas within the head and neck where cancer can develop, including the:

  • mouth and lips
  • voice box (larynx)
  • throat (pharynx)
  • salivary glands
  • nose and sinuses
  • area at the back of the nose and mouth (nasopharynx)

We also see people with facial skin lesions, including skin cancer. Most cancers of the head and neck do not include the brain.

Once you have been diagnosed, our team of specialists will meet to discuss the best possible treatment for you. This is called a multidisciplinary team (MDT).

Our ENT surgeons work closely with the oral & maxillofacial surgeons, who specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases affecting the mouth, jaws, face and neck.

Head and neck cancers are usually treated with surgery, radiotherapy, with or without chemotherapy (or a combination of these treatments). The type of surgery needed and the particular combination of treatments will depend on the type and complexity of head and neck cancer.

Where to find us

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

Contact us

A 24-hour nursing advice for patients already known to this service is available on Otter Ward 01392 402807


Joint head and neck cancer clinic every Monday afternoon 

Post radiotherapy review clinic every Tuesday morning

Dedicated valve clinic every Thursday

Nurse led airway and general clinic every Tuesday afternoon,

Pre-treatment head and neck cancer clinic every Thursday morning

Radiotherapy review clinic every Friday.

Voice clinic every Thursday

Neck lump clinic every Friday morning

Supporting you

Our patient support groups are here to help you through your treatment:

  • North Devon Laryngectomy Group
  • Exeter Laryngectomy Group
  • Group sessions for Acupuncture clinics (dry mouth)

FORCE run groups:

  • Moving On Group
  • Looking Good, Feel Better 


For details on any of these groups, please contact the Head and Neck specialist nurses. 


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