Global IT outage update - Monday 22 July

The issues affecting the supplier that provides our chemotherapy and immunotherapy treatments have now been resolved.

We want to thank our patients for being understanding and bearing with us and we apologise for any delays caused by this. Unless our teams contact you, please attend your appointment as planned. Throughout this incident, we have prioritised the most clinically urgent patients.

The Christie provides care and treatment for hundreds of people every day. The global IT outage last Friday (19 July 2024) affected many organisations but to put it into context, this affected less than a third of our patients.

Our staff have worked tirelessly over the weekend to deliver as many chemotherapy and immunotherapy treatments as possible and continue to do so to catch up on rescheduled treatments this week.

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Mouth cancer

Risk factors for mouth cancer

The most important risk factors for mouth cancer are smoking and drinking alcohol. Overexposure to sunlight and UV light can increase the risk of lip cancer. However, some patients may not have any obvious cause for their cancer.

A diagram showing the anatomy of the oral cavity. This includes the lip, the teeth, the hard palate, the soft palate, the retromolar trigone, the front two-thirds of the tongue, the gingiva or gum, the uvula, the tonsil, the buccal mucosa or lip and cheek lining and the floor of the mouth.

Cancers of the tongue, gums, inside of cheeks or lips, under the tongue and lips are also known as ‘oral cavity cancers’. Patients may experience an ulcer or sore that does not heal. Sometimes patients may have pain, bleeding, weight loss or a lump on the side of the neck. Some patients may have trouble eating or swallowing, or may notice a change to their speech.

Treatments for mouth cancer include surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, targeted therapy and immunotherapy.

Last updated: March 2023