14th International Head and Neck Cancer Quality of Life Conference

QOL Conference in Leeds – click on link below for more details

https://www.baoms.org.uk/professionals/events/2890/14th_international_head_and_neck_cancer_quality_of_life_conference

HEAD AND NECK LYMPHODEMA: IMPACT ON FUNCTION AND QOL – UCL HEAD AND NECK ACADEMIC CENTRE

PLEASE SEE LINK FOR JUNE LECTURE

 

https://www.ucl.ac.uk/surgery/research/head-and-neck/lectures-and-events

LHNC Head and Neck Lymphoedema Study Day 2024

https://payments.liv.ac.uk/short-courses/short-courses-at-liverpool/liverpool-head-neck-centre/lhnc-international-head-neck-lymphoedema-study-day-2024

Oracle Cancer Trust Press Release

PARENTS URGED TO SIGN AWAY CANCER

Oracle Cancer Trust have launched their latest campaign encouraging parents to sign consent forms for their children when they are offered the HPV vaccine at school.

To mark International HPV Awareness Day, the charity today released a video with cancer survivors and clinicians talking about the importance of getting young people vaccinated against the human papillomavirus (HPV).

80% of people will develop a high-risk HPV infection at some point in their lives that can lead to head and neck, cervical, genital and anal cancer as well as genital warts*. HPV cancers have doubled over the last two decades and its one of the fastest growing cancers in the UK.

Both boys and girls are at risk of developing cancers caused by the virus when they grow up, but only 56% of girls and 52% of boys were vaccinated in 2022 in the UK, lagging well behind other countries where take up of the vaccine is higher**. It is one of the few cancers that has a vaccine and could prevent over 100,000 cancers by 2058***.

The HPV vaccine is offered to all Year 8, 12- to 13-year-olds across UK schools with parental consent, with a free catch-up programme up to the age of 25 for girls and for any boys born after 2006.

Tamara Kahn, CEO of Oracle Cancer Trust said: “It’s really important for parents to understand that they have the power to prevent their children ever having to suffer from the consequences of the virus. We know that the vaccine is 99% effective****, but take-up has been slow across schools. Most of the time HPV does not cause any problems and people may not realise they have the virus. However, in some people, certain types of HPV can cause certain cancers.

I want to urge all parents to sign the consent forms when they receive them, your signature holds the key to ensuring your child has a reduced risk of facing head and neck or other cancers associated with the HPV virus.

I know I will be signing the form for my girls because I know that preventing cancer beats curing it. I want all parents to come together and help us spread the word as we fight to sign away cancer.”

Oracle Cancer Trust work tirelessly to fund pioneering research into and raising awareness of head and neck cancers. The trust is the leading Head and Neck cancer charity in the UK, and also provides support and advice to people and families who have been affected by head and neck cancers.

For more information and to watch the video please visit: www.signawaycancer.com

To find out more about Oracle Cancer Trust please visit https://oraclecancertrust.org/about-us

For more information about International HPV Awareness Day please visit: HPV Awareness Day 2024 | International HPV Awareness DayHPV Campaign (askabouthpv.org)

*Let’s talk about HPV: 6 common questions answered – Cancer Research UK – Cancer News

** https://immunizationdata.who.int/pages/coverage/hpv.html (HPV vaccination program coverage last dose, males (last dose, females) 2020 – 2022)
*** https://www.gov.uk/government/news/hpv-vaccine-could-prevent-over-100-000-cancers
****HPV Vaccine (Human Papillomavirus Vaccine) | Vaccine Knowledge Project (ox.ac.uk); https://publichealthscotland.scot/news/2024/january/no-cervical-cancer-cases-detected-in-vaccinated-women-following-hpv-immunisation/

FOCUS GROUP – IMPROVING EXPERIENCE

University of Sheffield are carrying out a study aiming to improve the experiences of patients with incurable head and neck cancer by finding out the most pressing issues for them and developing solutions to improve these.

We are currently looking for healthcare professionals to participate in an online focus group lasting up to 90 minutes. Each focus group will include approximately 5 healthcare professionals.

Have you been involved in the care of people with incurable head and neck cancer in the last 12 months?

Do you work in the North of England (Northwest/ Northeast/ Yorkshire)?

Would you be willing to take part in an online focus group to help improve the experiences of patients with incurable head and neck cancer?

If the answer to these questions is yes, please read the Participant Information Sheet also attached with this email for more information.

Potential dates and times for the focus groups include:

Monday 22nd April (5.30pm – 7pm)

Tuesday 23rd April (11.30am – 1pm)

Tuesday 30th April (8.30am – 10am)

However, if none of these are suitable, alternative dates will be arranged.

If you’re interested in taking part, please contact Dr Catriona Mayland on 0114 215 9021 or by email at C.R.Mayland@sheffield.ac.uk indicating if any of the above dates are suitable (or preferences regarding days / times of day that would be most suitable).

Yours sincerely,

Dr Catriona Mayland MBChB, MD, FRCSP

Senior Clinical Lecturer & Honorary Consultant in Palliative Medicine, University of Sheffield

Professor Jo Patterson BSc(Hons), MSc, PhD, FRCSLT

Professor of Speech and Language Therapy and Associate Head of Research at the School of Health Sciences, University of Liverpool

Sarah Williams

Academic Support Assistant & Yorkshire Cancer Research CONNECTS Administrator

Division of Clinical Medicine

School of Medicine and Population Health

University of Sheffield, Medical School, Beech Hill Road, Sheffield, S10 2RX

Tel: +44 (0)114 215 9021

e-mail: s.e.williams@sheffield.ac.uk

COMMITTEE VACANCY – APPLICATIONS CLOSED

We have a vacancy on our BAHNON committee.  We are a great support group of like minded nurse specialists.  If anyone is interested and would like more information about what it involves, please drop us an email to:   bahnonurses@gmail.com

 

We would love to hear from nurses across the country and in varying roles related to head and neck cancer.  Nurses who have a real passion (if thats the right word) for head and neck cancer care, education and generally raising the profile.

 

We look forward to hearing from you

APPLICATIONS HAVE NOW CLOSED DUE TO THE HIGH NUMBER OF APPLICANTS. DUE TO THE HIGH CALIBRE OF APPLICANTS WE WILL NEED TO REVIEW ALL APPLICATIONS IN DETAIL. THE SUCCESSFUL APPLICANT WILL BE NOTIFIED IN DUE COURSE

EXCITING OPPORTUNITY FOR HEAD AND NECK NURSE SPECIALISTS

We are pleased to share an exciting opportunity from the Oracle Cancer Trust.

The Oracle Cancer Trust Peter Rhys Evans ESTRO Scholarship is now open and taking applications. 

We have up to 2 awards specifically for Head and Neck Cancer Nurses this year and the course is:

ESTRO 2024 – Multidisciplinary Management of Head and Neck Oncology, 15th-18th September, Florence, Italy

More information and how to apply is available from The Oracle Cancer Trust Website

https://oraclecancertrust.org/professional-development

BAHNON CONFERENCE 2023 – POST CONFERENCE REPORT

Did you attend our conference last year, check out our post conference report with photographs.  We had some fabulous feedback and as a Committee we are all proud to have put on such a successful conference.  If you missed out, check out the report – we are busy planning our conference for 2025, so watch this space!

 

post conference summary report 2023