6.5 Treatment

6.5 Treatment

Treatment will depend on the location, extent of recurrent or residual disease, previous management and the patient’s preferences.

In managing people with head and neck cancer, treatment may include these options:

  • surgery
  • radiation therapy
  • chemotherapy
  • immunotherapy and biological therapies
  • palliative and support care.

The potential goals of treatment should be discussed, respecting the patient’s cultural values. Wherever possible, written information should be provided.

Encourage early referral to clinical trials or accepting an invitation to participate in research.