You’re helping clinicians detect head and neck cancers

Posted 29 Jun 2021

More patients with suspected head and neck cancer can now be examined without delay, using a new scope, thanks to you and a generous donation from the FMC Volunteer Service!

“This slim line scope passes easily through the nose, down into the throat and gives a high-definition view of the larynx, pharynx and voice box which allows detection of any abnormalities in the tissues and blood vessels,” ENT Nurse Practitioner and Head and Neck Coordinator Tracey Nicholls explains.

“This new scope allows us to examine patients promptly, and if we detect any abnormality we can go on and do further investigation, including a biopsy.

Head and neck cancer is the sixth most common cancer type in the world, with around 5,200 Australians diagnosed each year, and refers to a range of cancers occurring in the head and neck region of the body.

Each year many generous staff and grateful patients donate to Flinders Foundation’s Head and Neck Cancer Fund and participate in fundraising activities to help purchase equipment and supplies to benefit cancer patients, including those who have undergone tracheostomy and laryngectomy surgeries. Thank you!


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