Head and Neck cancers may affect many sites including the tongue, mouth, throat, tonsils and voice box. Around 500 men and women are affected by Head and Neck cancer each year in Wales, and over half of these will be treated at Velindre.
Head and Neck cancers often present with pain and difficulty on swallowing and/or a lump in the neck. Early detection is important because these cancers can be cured if caught early enough and treated successfully.
Treatment for Head and Neck cancer may involve surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. As well as improving the chances of cure, reducing side effects from these intensive treatments is an important goal of future research.
The Head and Neck team at Velindre has led the introduction of highly precise forms of radiotherapy in Wales, resulting in reduced side effects for patients.
Patients with Head and Neck cancer often experience difficulties with speech and swallowing and their appearance may change as a result of the cancer itself or its treatment. I am supporting the appeal to raise money for research and equipment that will help patients with Head and Neck cancer at Velindre.”