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Treatment for Head & Neck Cancer

Pre-treatment Assessment & Planning

 

  At University College Hospital, a team of specialists will decide the treatment that is best for you. This multidisciplinary team will include an oral and maxillofacial surgeon or an ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgeon and  a clinical oncologist (chemotherapy and radiotherapy specialist).

 

  The team will often include a number of other healthcare professionals such as a dentist or oral hygienist, a nurse specialist, speech and language therapist, dietitian, physiotherapist, occupational therapist and psychologist or counsellor.

 

  If two treatments are equally effective for your type and stage of cancer – for example, surgery or radiotherapy, your doctors may offer you a choice of treatments.

 

  Sometimes people find it very hard to make a decision. If you are asked to make a choice, make sure that you have enough information about the different treatment options, what is involved and the side effects you might have, so that you can decide what is the right treatment for you.

 

  It is often a good idea to have a friend or relative with you when the treatment is explained, to help you remember the discussion more fully. You may also find it useful to write down a list of questions before you go to your appointment

   

 

 

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