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Holistic care: placing people with head and neck cancer on a path to recovery

How two clinical nurse specialists launched a recovery programme to advocate patient needs post-treatment 
Karen Howarth

With the incidence of head and neck cancer on the rise in the UK, two Wales-based clinical nurse specialists launched a recovery programme to advocate patient needs post-treatment – and amass ideas for further support

According to Cancer Research UK, the rates of head and neck cancer have increased by 24% over the past decade . The disease is becoming more prevalent among a younger, working-age demographic, who can be particularly affected by the debilitating side effects of surgery and treatment. Yet, there is a dearth of specialist recovery services to support people once they have completed treatment.

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