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Head and neck cancer (tumours developing in the tissues and organs of the head and neck) includes cancers of the nasal cavity and sinuses, the mouth, tonsils, base of tongue, voice box and upper oesophagus. The Head and Neck cancer team also treats cancers of the thyroid and non-melanoma skin cancer of the head and neck.


St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust offers a comprehensive diagnostic service including the full range of specialist endoscopic, radiological, and pathology services.  A combination of the following tests may be used to determine a diagnosis of cancer during, or following clinic visits

  • Fine needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB) of head and neck lumps
  • Ultrasound scan
  • Biopsy from the throat under a local or general anaesthetic
  • Barium Swallow
  • CT Scan
  • MRI Scan
  • PET-CT Scan