Information For Head and Neck Cancer Patients

This section of our website brings together a range of information resources for people affected by head and neck cancer.


Head and neck cancer is a relatively uncommon type of cancer. Around 10,000 new cases are diagnosed in the UK each year.

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

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

Thyroid cancer consists of four main types

  • papillary carcinoma
  • follicular carcinoma
  • medullary thyroid carcinoma
  • anaplastic thyroid carcinoma

Each Trust has a team of doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, admin, and managerial staff are all dedicated to look after you from diagnosis, through to treatment and long term after-care after treatment for head and neck cancer.

Your treatments may not be at your local hospital. The specialist services you need may be provided elsewhere at another hospital in the West Yorkshire and Harrogate area.

You may find the following leaflets helpful:

Oral Cancer patient information

Head and neck cancer patient information

Some throat cancers can be caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV).

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The potential treatment options may include:

  • surgery
  • radiotherapy
  • immunotherapy
  • chemotherapy
  • symptom management 

Click on the links below for further information on a range of topics:

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