Cathedral Day Unit, Canterbury
Cathedral Day Unit, Canterbury
Cathedral Day Unit, Canterbury
Cathedral Day Unit, Canterbury

Head, Neck and Thyroid Cancer Services

East Kent Hospitals provides diagnosis, treatment and care services for head, neck and Thyroid cancer. This is done by our specialist ear, nose and throat (ENT) department who are based across all three main sites - Kent and Canterbury Hospital in Canterbury, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital in Margate, and William Harvey Hospital in Ashford. 

There are more than 30 areas within the head and neck where cancer can develop, including the:

  • mouth and lips
  • voice box (larynx)
  • throat (pharynx)
  • salivary glands
  • nose and sinuses
  • area at the back of the nose and mouth (nasopharynx)

Thyroid cancer consists of four main types

  • papillary carcinoma
  • follicular carcinoma
  • medullary thyroid carcinoma
  • anaplastic thyroid carcinoma

Treatment options vary depending on the size, location and stage of the cancer but generally include radiotherapy or surgery, or a combination of both.

If radiotherapy is suggested as the best treatment this may involve some chemotherapy, either before or during the radiotherapy.

Contact Us

Ward / Department Rotary Suite (Level 1 at the rear of WHH)

Visiting hours 2pm to 8pm

Telephone number 01233 616261

The Cancer Care Line

Contact The Cancer Care Line:  01227 868666 

 (Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm, Saturday and Sunday 8am - 4pm)

This is a central helpline for all patients who have come into contact with a Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist or the Macmillan Acute Oncology Team. Not all people that are given this number have cancer, some maybe undergoing investigations to rule it out.

The people that answer your calls are not medically trained and in order for them to direct you to correct person/ team, they will ask for some clinical and personal information.

The Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialists run designated phone clinics, therefore if appropriate you will be booked onto the next available telephone clinic which may not be the same day.

If the Cancer Care Line Co-ordinator's triage indicates you require urgent clinical advice, you will be put through to the specialist nurse of the day.