Head and neck cancers

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Treatment for head and neck cancers can involve many health professionals. It is important to understand the purpose of your treatment, what it involves and who to contact if you have any questions or concerns.  

The best treatment for you depends on the type and stage of your cancer, your general health and your personal preferences.

Use the information in this section to learn about treatment plans, what treatment involves, possible side effects, and what happens at the end of treatment. 

Choose the option that best suits your situation

Your specialist will discuss a treatment plan with you, and explain what this involves.
There are several types of cancer treatment, and most people with cancer have one or more of these.
Clinical trials look at existing treatments or processes and try to improve them.
It is good to be prepared for side effects and know how to manage them.
There are a number of reasons why treatment changes may be needed.
When your initial treatment finishes, you still need regular follow-up.

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It is important to ask about costs before you start your treatment.
Looking after your general health is important, even when you have cancer.
Some people can get help if they need to travel for treatment or medical appointments.
There are times when you may want advice or help with financial, legal or work matters.