Head & Neck Surgery
Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
Mr M Danford – Lead Clinician for Head and Neck Cancer
Mr M Bater – Chair of Head and Neck Tumour Group
Mr M Bailey
Mr J D’Souza
Head and Neck Cancer
Oral and Maxillofacial (OMF) surgeons work closely with colleagues from Oncology, Otolaryngology (ENT), Radiology and Pathology, forming the Surrey, West Sussex and Hampshire (SWSH) Head and Neck Cancer Multidiscplinary Team (MDT).
Following a diagnosis of a cancer involving one of the head and neck sites (Mouth, Jaw, Throat, Larynx, Salivary Gland, Neck), all patients are reviewed by a panel of experts in a weekly MDT meeting, followed by a clinic appointment to discuss proposed treatment.
Patients are usually treated by surgery, radiotherapy or chemotherapy, either as a single treatment or with a combination of treatments. As patient management is very specialised, all treatment is carried out in the regional centre at the Royal Surrey County Hospital.
OMF surgeons routinely remove cancers of the mouth, face, jaws and neck utilising state-of-the-art technologies (Lasers, Harmonic scalpel). In some patients immediate reconstructions are carried out to enable early recovery of speech, swallowing and chewing, utilising grafts from other parts of the body. These techniques often involve free tissue transfer and microsurgical expertise.
Recent audits of OMF practice have demonstrated success rates for free tissue transfer and length of stay data that compare favourably with national guidelines. The SWSH Head and Neck Cancer MDT itself has some of the best patient outcomes in the South-East of England.
Patients from the following hospital are frequently treated by The SWSH head and neck team.
Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Ashford and St Peter’s NHS Foundation Trust
Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Surrey and Sussex NHS trust
Read the story of a mouth cancer patient here (as published in the Surrey Advertiser, Nov 2012)
- Support of the Head and Neck patient during Radiotherapy/Combined Chemo-Radiation(CRT)
- Head and neck study day……a multi-disciplinary approach
- Rehabilitation in Head and Neck Cancer: Physiotherapy Post Neck Dissection
- Innovations in treatment of head and neck cancer
- Nutritional challenges in head and neck cancer
- Risk Factors and Incidence of Fistula formation in salvage laryngectomy
- The patient pathway – a multidisciplinary approach
- To PEG or not to PEG?
- The Guildford Experience Enhanced Recovery: The story so far….