Links to further information about head and neck cancer

You can read the patient information booklets we have about head and neck cancer, including treatments and managing side effects.

Advice about soft and liquidised food: a guide for patients and their families

This leaflet gives information about the types of food you should have if you have difficulty eating due to a sore mouth or swallowing problems.

Carboplatin

If your doctor or nurse clinician has prescribed for you treatment with carboplatin chemotherapy, this leaflet will cover some basic information about this and what to expect.

Carboplatin and capecitabine

If your doctor or nurse clinician has prescribed for you a treatment with cisplatin and capecitabine, this leaflet provides some helpful information about this.

Cetuximab and radiotherapy to the head and neck

If your doctor has prescribed for you a course of radiotherapy with weekly infusions (drip) of cetuximab, read what this means in this booklet.

Chemo-radiotherapy to the head and neck: swallowing difficulties

Swallowing difficulties are common after chemo-radiotherapy to the head and neck. Read about what help is available for this.

Cisplatin and radiotherapy to the head and neck

If your doctor or nurse clinician has prescribed for you a treatment that includes the chemotherapy cisplatin, this leaflet provides some information about this, as well as your radiotherapy treatment.

Docetaxel, carboplatin & 5 fluorouracil (TCarboF)

If your doctor or nurse clinician has prescribed for you a treatment that includes the chemotherapy docetaxel, carboplatin and 5 fluorouracil (5FU), you can read more about this in this booklet.

Docetaxel, cisplatin and 5 fluorouracil (TPF)

If your doctor or nurse clinician has prescribed for you a treatment that includes the chemotherapy docetaxel, cisplatin and 5 fluorouracil (5FU), this leaflet covers what will happen.

Eating: help yourself

This booklet provides information for patients and relatives with concerns about eating and drinking. It offers advice on altering your diet if you are concerned about losing your appetite or losing weight.

Eating well following treatment and recovery from cancer

This booklet offers advice on eating healthily after you have finished and recovered from your cancer treatment. If you are unsure whether you are at this stage, please check with your doctor.

Eating well with diabetes when you have a poor appetite

This booklet is for patients with diabetes and their relatives who have concerns about eating and drinking. Difficulties with eating are often associated with the disease or the side effects of treatment.

Follow-up information after radiotherapy for head and neck cancer

This leaflet describes the follow-up procedures following radiotherapy treatment for head and neck cancer as well as providing some useful contact details.

Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and throat cancer

A large proportion of cancers of the tonsil, and tongue base and the back of the tongue are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). This information sheet addresses common questions which patients have.

Mouth care during radiotherapy to the head and neck

It is very important to keep your mouth clean during radiotherapy to the mouth or throat. This leaflet provides information of how you can do this.

Nutritional products: availability of nutritional drinks, powders and puddings

There are now many special nutritional products available to help when eating, or maintaining your weight, is difficult. With so much choice it can be hard to decide what is right for you.

Radiotherapy to the head and neck: a guide for patients and their carers

Radiotherapy is the use of exact, carefully measured doses of radiation to treat disease. This booklet tells you about radiotherapy for head and neck cancers.

Radiotherapy to the skin: a guide for patients and their carers

This booklet is to tell you about radiotherapy to the skin. It will give some information about your treatment so you know what to expect.

Skin care during and after your radiotherapy treatment

This leaflet tells you about the effect radiotherapy can have on your skin. It gives you general skin care advice to help relieve the symptoms caused by a skin reaction.

Smoking cessation and alcohol advice services

A free smoking cessation and alcohol advice service is available for patients and carers at The Christie. We offer a confidential service giving helpful advice and treatment.

The head and neck chemotherapy clinic

Your consultant has referred you to the head and neck chemotherapy clinic for further treatment. This booklet will tell you what will happen when you attend this clinic.

The specialist head and neck nursing service

The Christie specialist head and neck support service is offered by a team of highly qualified and experienced nurses. They have specialist knowledge and skills in the care and support of patients with head and neck cancer.