Clinical update

Head and neck cancer

Clinical update on new National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) quality standards on head and neck cancer.

Clinical update on new National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) quality standards on head and neck cancer

Essential facts Head and neck cancers include those of the mouth and throat, and rarer forms affecting the sinuses, salivary glands, nose or middle ear. According to the Oracle Cancer Trust, head and neck cancer is the UK's sixth most common type, with 31 people diagnosed every day, equating to more than 11,000 a year.

What's new In March, NICE published new quality standards on head and neck cancer, for those aged 16 or above. Covering assessment, diagnosis and management, it includes cancer of the upper aerodigestive tract. Four statements provide standards on nutritional status, clinical staging, sentinel lymph node biopsy and choice


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