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‘Head, Neck & Facial cancer’ – Support information sheet

Medical information:

Head & Neck:

Booklet "Understanding Cancers of the Head & Neck" (published August 2001) available free from CancerBACUP, 3 Bath Place, Rivington Street, London EC2A 3JR. tel: 0808 800 1234 and on the internet goto

Excellent web site available at the Royal Marsden Hospital:

Also on the internet look at


On the internet,

for information on treatments BUT note that the remedial procedures will not always be available in the UK.

Support groups:

Oesophageal Patients Association

c/o David Kirby, 16 Whitefields Crescent, Solihull, B91 3NU. tel: 0121 704 9860.

- provides a telephone help service and has some useful literature.

National Association of Laryngectomee Clubs

6 Pickett Street, Fulham SW6 1RU. tel: 0207 381 9993. fax: 0207 381 0025

- will supply details of self-help and support groups in the UK

For people with facial disfigurements two organisations can offer help:

Let’s Face It

c/o Christine Piff, 14 Fallowfield, Yateley, Surrey, GU46 6LW. tel: 01252 879630. fax; 01252 872633

- offers a telephone helpline and counselling. They also provide access to 20 regional coordinators around the UK.

Changing Faces

1/2 Junction Mews, London W2 1PN. tel: 0207 706 4232. fax: 0207 706 4234

- also provide counselling and offer a range of information booklets. Also provide a reference service and can address employment issues.

Patients and carers may also benefit from contacting any local group that addresses a broad range of cancers. For further information on self-help and support groups in the UK contact:

Cancerlink, 88 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7UQ, 0207 840 7840. fax: 0207 840 7841 and on


Internet support groups:

Support for People with Oral and Head and Neck Cancer




Lets Face It






The National Cancer Institute in the USA records that a study compiling 14 years of data showed that the incidence of oral and pharyngeal cancer rises with increased exposure to fluoride by as much 50%

(reference: An Alternative Medicine Definitive Guide to Cancer, p.581)

Filtering all water used for drinking and cooking is recommended by some patients. Note also that fluoride becomes more concentrated in boiled water.

There is an excellent ‘Patients diary’ available on the internet. Goto (It isn’t all cheerful but the outcome was successful – it’s a ‘warts and all’ account.