This guideline covers how healthcare services for adults with head and neck cancers should be organised. It aims to improve care by recommending which healthcare professionals should be involved and the types of hospital or cancer centre best suited to provide the care.


This guideline recommends that:

  • cancer networks should decide which hospitals will diagnose and treat head and neck cancers
  • multidisciplinary teams should be responsible for every patient
  • clear systems should be in place for patients to be seen quickly by specialists
  • support systems should be available to all patients who need them
  • local support teams should provide long-term support in the community
  • information should be collected
  • more research should be done

Who is it for?

  • Healthcare professionals
  • Commissioners and providers
  • People with head and neck cancers, their families and carers

Is this guideline up to date?

We checked this guideline in June 2015. We identified no major studies that will affect the recommendations in the next 3–5 years.

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