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Merseyside Regional Head and Neck Cancer Centre
How will head or neck cancer affect my life


The examination of the patient needs to include the neck, the face, the mouth and the throat. A bright light / torch is essential. Common signs and symptoms of head and neck cancer are outlined in the 'what to refer' section.

What to refer

It can be very difficult sometimes to know what to refer and what not to refer. We have urgent consultant slots each week in outpatient clinic and the Unit is very good at meeting the 2 week urgent suspected cancer target.

Click here to examine the detailed documents from NICE relating to the referral of patients with suspected cancer>>

Patients should be referred with

  • Hoareseness > 6weeks
  • Unresolving neck mass > 3weeks
  • Dysphagia > 3 weeks
  • Cranial neuropathies
  • Unilateral Nasal obstruction (esp. if blood stained or purulent discharge)
  • Ulceration of oral mucosa > 3weeks
  • Oral swellings > 3 weeks
  • All red or red and white patches of the oral mucosa
  • Unexplained tooth mobility (Not associated with periodontal disease)
  • Orbital masses

2 Week Rule Suspected Cancer Referrals

Patients with suspicious signs & symptoms should be referred urgently to the centre using the form below

MFU & ENT : (Fax) 0151 530 2680


Click here to download urgent referral form>

Quality of Life data from the Regional Head & Neck Unit

Please try our on-line searchable Health Related Quality of Life (HRQOL)database. We have compiled over 800 individual questionnaires completed by our patients over the last 10 years to allow users to perform a customisable search to help predict what their quality of life might be like after surgery plus/minus radiotherapy for a number of tumour sites and a number of different operations.

Click here to search our QOL data>