A person with a suspected head and neck cancer should be referred to a specialist who is a member of a relevant multidisciplinary team.
All specialists listed on Canrefer are members of a multidisciplinary team.
What is head and neck cancer?
Head and neck cancer is cancer that starts in any part of the head or neck. This can include the mouth, tongue, gums, tonsils, pharynx, larynx, nasal cavity or sinuses. A head and neck cancer is named after the part of the head or neck where it starts. For example, laryngeal cancer starts in the larynx.
What tests are needed?
Common tests used to diagnose a head and neck cancer include:
- physical examination
- imaging - x-ray, CT scan, PET scan and/or MRI scan
- blood tests
What treatment options are there?
Treatment for a head and neck cancer may include one or more of the following:
- targeted therapy
Treatment for head and neck cancer is specialised and complex, and patients may need to travel to have parts of their treatment. The local health district will have an arrangement in place for this.
How common is head and neck cancer in NSW?
Head and neck cancer was diagnosed in:
Data source: Annual NSW cancer incidence and mortality dataset, 2013 (sourced from the NSW Cancer Registry)