Head and Neck Cancer Unit

Head and neck cancer is developing in more people than ever before. The number of people getting it is increasing each year, more than any other cancer in some countries.

The types of people getting it are younger and may not have the same risk factors (smoking and drinking) as used to be the case.

Therefore it is reassuring that the head and neck cancer centre based at James Cook Hospital has a large, multi-disciplinary team to support patients diagnosed and being treated with head and neck cancer.

We have the following specialities available, to give you the best care:

  • Clinical oncology
  • Ear nose and throat surgery
  • Oro-maxillofacial surgery
  • Plastic surgery
  • Restorative dentistry
  • Speech and language therapy
  • Dietetics
  • Specialist nurse
  • Psychological support
  • Macmillan support

What types of treatments are available?

South Tees has all modern treatments. Treatments are discussed by all of the treating consultants and you will be given the choice of all the treatments available, depending on your cancer type.

My Visit

I've been referred to the specialist doctor, what will happen at my visit?

Imaging - What Is It?

I have been referred for some imaging- find out more about what types of scans may be needed to investigate Head and Neck conditions. This page provides short descriptions of what each of the common scan types involves

Charity Fund

The Head and Neck Cancer Unit charity page. How to donate and where your money goes.

What is Head and Neck Cancer?

What is head and neck cancer? What causes it? What are the signs? Head and Neck Cancer affects the mouth, larynx (voicebox), pharynx (throat), nose and sinuses and salivary glands.

Frequently Asked Questions

This is an FAQ page for Head and Neck cancer patients. The answers may not be relevant to every patient. If you are not sure, then please ask your specialist nurse.