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Make sense campaign: head and neck cancer week

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Persistent hoarseness, swelling of the neck and sore throat. A selection of symptoms associated with head and neck cancer. The ETZ will pay attention to this disease during the European Week for Head and Neck Cancer (September 19 to 23). Head and neck cancer is in the top ten most common cancers. nonetheless, the disease is still relatively unknown.

Head and neck cancer is a serious form of cancer. Patients have a difficult trajectory. Depending on the type of tumor, they receive a combination of surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. It is also intense because they are small tumors with great consequences. Thinking and problems with speaking, swallowing, not being able to taste and smell positive and having sex. These are tumors of the head and neck area, such as lip cancer, pharyngeal cancer and neck lymph node cancer.

More awareness about head and neck cancer

The number of head and neck cancer patients is increasing. The disease is the sixth most common cancer in Europe. More and more patients are added. nonetheless, the disease is still unknown. This ensures that the diagnosis is made late in 60% of patients. These patients are already very sick. If head and neck cancer is detected early, the chance of survival is 80 to 90%. That’s why it’s so important to raise awareness of head and neck cancer.

Make campaign sense

The Make Sense campaign is an initiative of the European Head and Neck Society (EHNS). This campaign wants people to be more aware of head and neck cancer, to recognize the symptoms of this cancer faster and therefore to see a doctor earlier. Only then do patients have a greater chance of survival and a better quality of life.

The symptoms

When is it important to see a doctor? The main complaints, especially if you have been suffering for more than three weeks, are non-healing sores in the mouth/throat/lips, swelling of the neck, hoarseness, vomiting blood, pain when swallowing and sore throat, and bloody ears. reason

Treatment center

ETZ is a regional treatment center for head and neck cancer patients. For this treatment, the hospital works together with the Verbeeten Institute and Erasmus MC. Every year, 150 new patients with a head and neck tumor are treated at the ETZ.

According to the Top Clinical Hospitals Foundation (STZ) Care Registry, ETZ offers the best clinical care for patients with head and neck tumors. This makes the hospital the first major clinical hospital in the Netherlands to be recognized for the treatment of this form of cancer. Head and neck cancer patients from all over the region are treated at the ETZ. To this end, the hospital works closely with the Erasmus MC in Rotterdam and the Verbeeten Institute, where patients are irradiated.

Beware of head and neck cancer

This week we pay attention to head and neck cancer week on social media. More information can be found at www.makesensecampaign.eu.

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