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Head, Neck and Thyroid

Head and neck cancer is a generic term that covers many different types of cancer, including cancers of the mouth (oral cancers) and the throat, as well as rare cancers of the nose, sinuses, salivary glands and middle ear. There are over 30 different places that cancer can develop in the head and neck area.

The head and neck classification (excluding thyroid) includes the upper parts of two body systems: the upper digestive system and the upper respiratory system.  Together they are referred to as the aerodigestive tract.

The overall aims of the Head, Neck and Thyroid ECAG are to provide specialist advice and guidance to the East Midlands Cancer Clinical Network Steering Group, Clinical Commissioning Groups and the Specialist Commissioning Group (SCG) on the standards of service for patients with head, neck and thyroid cancer reflecting current best practice and opportunities for development.

The Head, Neck and Thyroid ECAG aims to ensure that patients with receive high quality, equitable care throughout the East Midlands Cancer Clinical Network, regardless of geography or socio-economic factors, and will endeavour to improve the standards of care provided for cancer patients.

ECAG members will provide expert advice to the East Midlands Cancer Clinical Network steering group, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), and the Specialist Commissioning Group (SCG) on the standards of service for cancer patients who require care, reflecting current best practice.

Current priorities for the Head, Neck and Thyroid ECAG include the:
  • review of current treatment pathways in the region,
  • consideration of different models of working to alleviate pressures; and
  • development of improved screening processes.

Lead
Mr Julian McGlashan
Consultant Head and Neck Surgeon
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Future meeting dates
Friday 24th November 2017

Key documents
pdfClinical guidelines (in review - national guidelines to be adopted)