The level of care currently available to patients suffering from head and neck cancers is excellent but the opportunity to drive advancements in treatment and to build awareness about these cancers is being limited by the ever-increasing demands placed on national and local healthcare budgets.
We decided to rise to this challenge and work to raise funds to improve all aspects of head and neck cancer treatment for patients in Manchester and the North-West.
Our funding aims to support educational and awareness-building programmes for all those touched by head and neck cancer including patients, clinical staff, professional carers and the patient’s family and friends.
Frances Hyde Statement
When I was presented with the possibility of climbing Kilimanjaro it seemed like a crazy idea. It is certainly very far from anything I have ever done. It seems like a great way to celebrate fitness and take a risk now my children are independent young adults. I know it will be a huge challenge and I am training hard and doing all I can to prepare.
I thought long and hard about choosing the Head and Neck Cancer Charity Oasis which needs publicity and funds.. I have worked with people who have had this cancer for over 30 years and there have been many advances in the treatment. However still many people have significant and permanent changes to their appearance, their speech and their swallowing and suffer the devastating consequences of this. This charity has recently been set up by our department to improve the service to our Manchester patients. Their funds will go directly to support patients after their treatment and to help push forward the ways our services can be improved such as the use of 3D printing and robotic surgery. Everything which can spare structures can improve function and therefore quality of life.