Recognising head and neck cancer First steps – diagnosis to treatment

Canopy Cancer Care is a leading private clinic for adult cancer patients. Our team specialises in the care of patients requiring cancer treatment. The Canopy vision is to offer New Zealanders the option of world-class cancer care, delivered locally, right here in New Zealand. Every day and with every patient we work towards this goal. The Canopy team has been providing an international standard of care since 2010. During this time we have built a strong team who are all passionate about our patients and the outcomes that matter to them most.

We have world-class facilities located in

What is head and neck cancer?

Head and neck cancer is a range of cancers that start in the head and neck of the body. This region includes the mouth, nose, tongue, palate, jaw, throat (pharynx), larynx, tonsils, sinuses, salivary glands or thyroid.

The most common head and neck cancer is basal cell cancer of the skin. Squamous cell cancer and malignant melanoma, also occur on the skin of the face and neck. Many squamous cell cancers occur on the lower lip and ear.

Incidence and survival rates

In New Zealand there are approximately 520 new cases of head and neck cancer registered annually. (Ministry of Health 2013)

The 5-year survival rate is approximately 60%.

Signs and symptoms

Potential risk factors

Other risk factors


Why choose Canopy?

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Quick appointment times

-our target is to have our patients seen by a Specialist within 7 days.

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The highest professional standards

-comes from selecting only highly experienced and dedicated Specialists, nurses and support staff.

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Personalised treatment plans

by professionals committed to delivering quality care, patient experience and outcomes.

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Global sourcing of therapies

– we will reach across the globe to ensure patients have access to the most effective drug therapies

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Individualised patient care program

– with a focus on outcomes that matter to patients, the Under the Canopy program has been specifically designed to support patients navigate their personal cancer journey as comfortably as possible.

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Purpose designed treatment clinics

– ensuring a calm and relaxed healing environment.

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Canopy TV

– an online news channel for the cancer community

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Specialist on call 24/7

– for complete peace of mind.

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Evidence based care and external accreditation

– to ensure we are delivering world class care and treatment options

Canopy Cancer Care head and neck tumour team

The Canopy head and neck cancer team is made up of internationally regarded medical oncologists Dr Laird Cameron and Osama Salih. Their overseas training has provided them with cutting edge experience in head and neck cancer in the fields of research, education and patient care.

Drs Richard North and Michelle Head also have a special interest in this field supporting patients in the Bay of Plenty region

The specialist head and neck cancer nurse is Karen Nolan who brings a wealth of experience to the role.

If you have an adult or young adult patient with a head and neck cancer seeking treatment options and symptom management, please contact Canopy Cancer Care with a referral to the head and neck cancer team

Canopy specialises in the care of patients requiring cancer treatment with chemotherapy, immunotherapy, antibody therapy, hormone therapy and more targeted therapies.

Treatment options and referral options

If you have a patient experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned, they may need to see a

Followed by

  •  Radiation Oncologist and/or a Medical Oncologist

Making a referral is easy


Or contact:

Auckland and Northland


Hawke's Bay


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