Welcome to our online resource specifically for patients, carers and family members affected by Head and Neck Cancer.

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  • Be informed

  • Be prepared

  • Be empowered

The resource aims to provide information, guidance and support to you and your family throughout your cancer journey, from diagnosis to living beyond cancer treatment.  As well as the information you will find in this resource, you will be supported by your Head and Neck Cancer team.

It’s important to know there are different types of Head and Neck Cancer and treatments which may affect you in various ways.

Meet the Team
Meet the Team

There are many health professionals who are experts in the diagnosis, treatment and providing care for people with head and neck cancer. This group of people are called a multidisciplinary team (or MDT). Find out more in this section.

Coming to Hospital
Coming to Hospital

If you are having your surgery in the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust, you will attend the Ulster Hospital. Your Inpatient room will be in the new Inpatient Ward Block (Ward 4c). Find out more in this section.

Preparing Myself for Surgery
Preparing Myself for Surgery

It is important that you prepare yourself physically, nutritionally and emotionally for the treatment you are about to undergo. In this section we offer you some advice which can help you to prepare and identify any issues which you may want to talk to your cancer team about in more detail.

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Before Treatment
Before Treatment

Below we have two videos, one describing how to get to the inpatient block from the front of the Ulster Hospital and the other will show you what the inside of your room will look like.

Treatment
Treatment

A number of videos have been prepared of patients (Real life stories) who have completed different treatments for a range of cancers within the mouth.  Your specialist cancer team will be able to give you a password code so you can watch videos of a patient who has had treatment similar to what has been recommended for you.

Living with and beyond cancer
Living with and beyond cancer

People often need support and guidance after treatment has ended, to help adjust to changes in their everyday life.  This can mean adjusting to different ways of speaking, eating and drinking, emotional changes, as well as new ways of focusing on your health and wellbeing to recover as fully as possible.

I would definitely go through treatment and surgery again. I can’t imagine what life would have been like if I hadn’t done it.

An acceptance of the diagnosis and treatment has helped me, along with the encouragement from friends and family.

Patient of Head and Neck Cancer