NALC and Research

NALC has a long history of supporting and getting involved in research studies. When the National Cancer Research Insititute set up a head and neck cancer group. Ethel Culling and John Bramhall were the two consumer members, to be followed by our President, Malcolm Babb, until 2016. They were involved as patient representatives or steering […]

European Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week

The official head and neck cancer week runs from September 18 -23. The Make Sense Campaign, organised by the European Head and Neck Society, started in 2013. Head and neck groups mark the week by raising awareness of the early signs of the range of head and neck cancers. Currently many patients present with advanced […]

A Poet’s Laryngectomy Journey

Warwick Smith had a laryngectomy in December 2022 after a diagnosis of Stage 4 cancer of the larynx. Without the operation his life expectancy was just 6 months. He has chronicled his journey, from diagnosis through treatment to recovery, with a series of 20 poems, each written at the time of an event, capturing his […]

World Head and Neck Cancer Day

There are over 500,000 cases and 200,000 head and neck cancer related deaths globally each year. With greater awareness of the signs and symptoms to look out for some of these cases are preventable. The International Federation of Head and Neck Oncology Societies is working hard to showcase the importance of knowing all about these […]

RCSLT Consultation

The draft Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists guidance for head and neck cancer is now open for consultation. The consultation is open to anyone with experience of head and neck cancer, including those who are not speech and language therapists (SLTs). However, most of the information is aimed at SLTs except for the […]

Life After Treatment

Whatever treatment a head and neck cancer patient has had, the journey of recovery can be long and complicated. A laryngectomy involves surgical removal of the voicebox and the patient will need to adjust to life breathing through a neck stoma and having to find a new method of speech. Life will be very different […]

UK Head and Neck Cancer Coalition

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month and the coalition is launching its website and social media activity. NALC is a member of the coalition, whose members include patient groups, research charities and clinicians organisations such as BANHO, BAHNON and RCSLT. More information is available here

NALC Zoom Meeting

The next meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 28th at 12noon. The guest speaker will be Professor Martin Birchall of University College London and UCLH. Professor Birchall is a distinguished laryngologist and head and neck surgeon. He performed the first laryngeal transplant in California, in 2010. He has been a medical adviser a patron […]

Severn Healthcare Visit Chesterfield

Our October meeting saw a great turnout as we welcomed once again visitors from Severn Healthcare, Paula Barnes and Oliver Davies. They gave an update on the Severn range of prescription items including the latest base-plates. Much of the time was taken up with the experience of our members of hands-free speech devices. These represent […]

The Oldham Quiet Ones

Screening of the film Can You Hear My Voice In 2020, the film Can You Hear My Voice was premiered in London. It was directed by Bill Brummel, an American filmmaker who had a laryngectomy in 2016. It tells the story of the laryngectomy journey through the experiences of members of the Shout at Cancer […]