The Head and Neck Service at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse brings together over 40 highly skilled medical and allied health professionals including surgeons, radiation and medical oncologists, dental specialists, speech therapists, specialist nurses and dieticians, along with research scientists and data managers.
The Service Department has a national and international reputation for excellence. More than 450 new patients (200 with cancer) are seen annually and the computerised database of the Department is the largest in Australasia.
The Sydney Head and Neck Cancer Institute (SHNCI), founded in 2002 by the late Professor Christopher O’Brien AO to provide comprehensive, state-of-the-art treatment to patients with cancers and diseases of the head and neck, is also an important part of the Head and Neck Service providing funding for two head and neck clinical fellows each year.
Our team consists of members of the departments of Radiation Oncology and Medical Oncology, as well as the allied services.
The SNIC trial is a randomised multi-centre trial to assess the value of Sentinel Node Biopsy for high risk cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). Sentinel lymph node biopsy may allow earlier identification of metastases in patients with high-risk SCC lesions. To find out more about this trial or if you are interested in enrolling a patient in this study, follow this link.
In NSW alone, someone is diagnosed with cancer every 13 minutes. Every dollar you contribute to Chris O’Brien Lifehouse will make a difference to the 57,000 patients who visit us each year.