All funds raised by the Merseyside & Cheshire Head & Neck Cancer Centre are used to support research initiatives that focus on all aspects of patient treatment and support. Over recent years, these have included:
- a major research projects into the use of tracheostomy in Head & Neck cancer surgery and into an examination of why many Head & Neck cancer patients are late in presenting their symptoms to GP’s and medical professionals.
- the introduction introduced the Patient Concerns Inventory and Patient Experience Videos in order to provide patients with a greater understanding of how their cancer and treatment plan will impact on their lives.
In 2018, we have agreed to support two pilot studies in 2018 into identifying the best and most appropriate treatment for head & neck cancers:
- firstly, a new study lead by Mr Terry Jones into understanding how gene mutations affect the outcome of their head and neck cancer treatment, and to assess the best treatment plans for patients with such any gene mutations.
- secondly, a study lead by Mr Richard Shaw into whether it is possible to personalise radiotherapy treatment for head and neck cancer patients in order to minimise the longer risks of osteoradionecrosis and other possible side effects of this treatment.