Mid North Coast head and neck cancer patients can now attend appointments at the new Port Macquarie Head and Neck Regional Clinic.
Lifehouse Associate Professor Carsten Palme says: “We are excited to complement patient services in the region, and reduce the need for patients to travel long distances for complex specialist and follow-up consultations.”
Around 17,160 people live with head and neck cancers in Australia, with nearly 5,000 people newly diagnosed each year. Many of these patients come from regional centres. The incidence of some head and neck cancers has increased dramatically during the last two decades. For example, oropharyngeal cancer, or tonsil and tongue base cancer, has increased by 225% over the last 20 years due to the rise of the human papilloma virus (HPV).
Full story in the Port Macquarie News here: