Treatment

Treatments offered to patients with head and neck cancer will depend on individual cases and the stage of cancer. This will be discussed in detail with every patient by one of our medical team once a diagnosis has been made. Please follow one of the links below for more information on treatment types:

Before patients undergo any treatment, they must give consent for the treatment to proceed. This is an important process to ensure that patients understand the nature of their treatment and the risks involved. To learn more about the consent process, please follow this link.

  • Surgery        

    Pre-assessment

    Patients coming to Royal Victoria Hospital for surgery may be asked to come up for a pre-operative assessment appointment in the outpatients clinic to ensure they are fit and safe for surgery.

    In some cases patients are asked to have an anaesthetic assessment. If patients require this then it may be advised that they should be admitted overnight. This is all mandatory within our practice within the hospital so patients should not worry if this happens. Our team of specialist nurses will be on hand to answer any questions and to care for patients during each part of their pathway.

    Types

    For many patients with head and neck cancer, surgery may be the most appropriate treatment.

    Specialist head and neck cancer surgery for Northern Ireland is provided at the Royal Victoria Hospital by specialist by head and neck surgeons. Patients are prioritised by:

    • Clinical care pathway
    • Clinical urgency
    • Theatre availability 
    • Job specialisation of surgeon

    Patients are given an approximate date of surgery or waiting time by their surgeon and will be kept up to date by the appointments office.

    Surgical procedures are different for each type of head and neck cancer. 

    For more information on head and neck surgery, please follow this link.