Head and Neck

Head and Neck cancers are cancers of the mouth, throat and voice box as well as other rarer cancers in the head and neck region. Head and Neck cancer is the 8th most common cancer in the UK.

The most common symptoms are:

  • A lump, swelling or sore in the mouth that does not heal within 3 weeks.
  • Persistent sore throat, pain on swallowing or changes in voice.
  • A lump on the neck.
  • Blocked nose and/or bloody discharge from the nose.

Although these are not exclusive, if you have any concerns please contact your GP.

The team is made up of different specialities who work together specifically treating Head and Neck cancers. The team includes Surgeons, Oncologists, Specialists Nurses, Speech and Language Therapists, Dietitians and Physiotherapists.  Referral into the service usually comes from the ENT or the Oral Health department. We are the central hub for all of those diagnosed with Head and Neck cancers in the region.

Our clinic sees patients from James Paget, Ipswich and the Queen Elizabeth Hospitals. Weekly MDT (multi-disciplinary team) meetings are followed by a clinic on a Wednesday afternoon. These clinics are held in the Oral Health department at the NNUH.

At diagnosis you will be provided with contact details for your Specialist Nursing team. This team is a key point of contact during your treatments. The team have developed a support group called HANC for patients, families and friends, please ask for further details.

Conditions treated

Head and Neck cancers include cancers of the mouth, throat and voice box, as well as rarer cancers which can occur in the nose, sinuses and middle ear. Thyroid cancer care is under a different team.

Treatments for these types of cancer include Surgery, Radiotherapy and Chemotherapy.


Consultant ENT Surgeons Consultant Oral Surgeons
Mr Ramez Nassif Mr Richard James
Andres Hilger (Ipswich) Mr Richard Sisson
Stuart Burrows Jim Fong (Ipswich)
Consultant Plastic Surgeons Consultant Oncologists
Mr Jon Clibbon Dr Tom Roques
Mr Martin Heaton Dr Christopher Scrase (Ipswich)
Miss Monica Fawzy Dr Dinos Geropantas
Mr Vish Narayanan (Ipswich) Dr Lakshmi Harihar
Cancer Nurse Specialist Consultant Histopathologists
Astra Rutherford-Hall Dr Katherine Sisson
Sarah Thirkettle Dr Ray Lonsdale
Cristina Fernandes
If you need to contact your Clinical Nurse Specialist, please call 01603 288198/287581
Consultant Radiologists MDT Coordinator
Dr Paddy Wilson Linda Morris
Dr Davina Pawaroo Sandy Winters
If you need to contact our MDT coordinator, please call 01603 286757
Thyroid Cancer Help and Support

For help and support regarding Thyroid cancer, please contact Ingrid Haupt-Schott on 02920 615888 (ext. 6308)

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