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Head and Neck cancer

What we do

We are a multi-disciplinary team of healthcare professionals involved in the care and rehabilitation of head and neck cancer patients. You may find you do not come into contact with every team member, only those who need to be involved in your care and rehabilitation.

It is important that you and your family have as much information as you require so that you feel prepared. This may help you feel more in control of what is happening and more able to consider any necessary adjustments in your life. We can provide specialist advice, information or support for you and your family both face to face, by telephone and through written information.


The Team

The multidisciplinary team is led by Mr Bem, ENT Head and Neck Consultant and includes Maxillo Facial, ENT, Plastics, Oncology, Radiology and Histopathology Consultants, Specialist Nurses and Allied Health professionals all with expertise in Head and Neck Cancer and its treatments.

The team meet every Wednesday morning to discuss new and existing patients, where treatment plans are agreed by the whole team. As a new patient you can be expected to be seen on a Friday morning at St Luke's hospital by one of the team, where your treatment plan will be discussed with you.


Keyworkers

If you have been diagnosed with a head and neck cancer, you will be given the name of a keyworker which initially will be one of the Cancer Nurse Specialists (CNS) below. Your keyworker may change depending on your treatment and may end up not being a nurse.

Caroline Salt, Macmillan Head and Neck Cancer Nurse Specialist (CNS)

Sarah Cost, Macmillan Head and Neck Cancer Nurse Specialist


Feedback, complaints and compliments

Please contact the head and neck team on:

Tel: 01274 365848 “ If no one is available to take your call, please leave a short message on the answer machine with your name and contact details and a member of the team will call you back usually the same working day or within 48hours.

Email: Headandneck.cancerservices@bthft.nhs.uk

The emails are checked Monday to Friday and will be forwarded to the relevant clinician to respond to.


Translators and Interpreters

If you require a translator we can organise this for you. Please be aware even if family members are happy to translate, hospital policy is to always have an interpreter present where possible.


Referral pathways


You will usually be referred to the team by your GP, General Dental Practitioner or other Health Care Professional.


First appointment

The Head and Neck CNS is not always present when you are informed of your head and neck cancer diagnosis. We will usually be notified by fax and we will then contact you. You will be offered a Head & Neck Cancer Patient Diary which has all the key contact names and telephone numbers for you to contact the team directly. We recommend that you bring someone with you to your appointments.


Cancellations

Please contact us if you are not able to keep your appointment so that we can rearrange another appointment for you. With enough notice we are then able to reallocate the appointment to another patient.


Medications

Please bring a list of all your current medications to each appointment you attend and advise the team if you have any know drug allergies.


Locations


The head and neck cancer team works across hospital sites including St Luke's Hospital, Bradford Royal Infirmary, Airedale General Hospital and Huddersfield and Calderdale Hospitals.