Head and Neck Cancer

The Plymouth Head and Neck Cancer Unit at Derriford has a small team of specialists dedicated to providing first class care to patients with cancer of the Head and Neck region (Upper Aero digestive Tract - UAT) including mouth, throat, larynx (voice-box), salivary gland and thyroid cancers.
Referrals come from East and North Cornwall, Plymouth city and South and West Devon.

The clinical team is made up of Head and Neck surgeons, a Consultant Oncologist, a Restorative dentist, Plastic and reconstructive surgeon. There are close links with cardio thoracic surgery and neurosurgery, as well as cancer specialists with a particular expertise in head and neck cancers. 

The patients are supported by speech, swallowing and language therapists, dietitians and a palliative care team, including a Macmillan Head and Neck Nurse. Our goal is to provide you with expert guidance and support throughout your treatment journey. 

The team provides a comprehensive service including resection (from endoscopic to major tumour surgery), reconstruction and rehabilitation.
Radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatment takes place on site. 

The Mustard Tree Macmillan Centre within Derriford provides full patient support and information

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