Of the c8,000 people who develop head and neck cancer in England and Wales each year, over half will be cured. Cancers of the mouth, throat and voice box are the most common, but overall this is a comparatively rare cancer and our knowledge base is small. Head and neck cancer receives limited funding from research bodies and we therefore know relatively little about the disease.
Current treatment methods available to us include: surgery, plastic surgery and/or radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Unfortunately, these treatments can have lasting and devastating effects on the lives of patients and their families, often affecting the ability to see, speak or swallow.
Set up in 2004, Heads Up’s aims are twofold:
- to learn more about the disease so that, in the long term, we can cure more people and develop new treatments with fewer life-changing side effects
- to fund new equipment and clinical training that will provide better support and relief for people fighting head and neck cancer right now.
To find out more about Heads Up, please view our video.