Advice and support for head and neck cancer patients

Head and neck cancer refers to malignant tumours growing in the tissue or lymph nodes of the head and neck region of the body. This can mean the oral cavity, tongue, palate, jaw, salivary glands, throat or nose.

Head and neck cancer is not the most common cancer in Australian and it certainly doesn’t have the biggest public profile. But about four thousand people are diagnosed with a form of it each year.

It’s more common in men, and major risk factors include smoking, and alcohol consumption. Head and neck cancer is also linked to Human papillomavirus (HPV), which is a sexually transmitted infection.

Survival rates are improving, but treatment can be prolonged and can affect a survivor’s quality of life.

The Head and Neck Cancer Patient Book is the largest collection of patient stories ever published in Australia. It provides support, personal tips and clinician advice.


  • Julie McCrossin, Free lance Journalist, co-editor of Head and Neck Cancer Patient Book
  • Marty Doyle, Head and Neck Cancer Support Group
  • Judy Lowry

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