Head and Neck Cancer is the term used to describe a variety of malignant tumours which develop in the mouth, throat, voice box, salivary glands and the nose and sinuses. This type of cancer is on the rise in Rotherham and across the UK, so people with the condition are getting extra support from the Head & Neck Cancer Support Group at Rotherham Hospital.
The group, formally known as the Laryngectomy Support Group, is made up of patients and professional healthcare workers. They are looking for new members to get involved, give them feedback and improve health care services for people in Rotherham.
Head & Neck Clinical Nurse Specialist Judith Lunn who co-ordinates the group says: “Head and neck cancer is highly curable if detected early, usually with some form of surgery although chemotherapy and radiation therapy can also play an important role in treatment. It can be a very unpleasant condition if it is left to develop and can cause pain, difficulty swallowing, swelling, changes of voice and bleeding.
“The Head and Neck Cancer Support Group has been going for more than ten years. We work closely with the Rotherham Speech and Language Therapy team to provide support for people with head and neck cancer, help to raise awareness of the condition, and shape services for them in Rotherham. We meet once a month for coffee, to talk and to give people a platform to voice their opinions about products and services.
“People with head and neck cancer and their carers are welcome to join us. We even organise trips to the seaside!”
Anyone interested in getting involved with the group should contact Judith on 01709 424205