I am the Advanced Clinical Nurse Specialist for Head & Neck Oncology at the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre which is the second largest cancer centre in the UK.
I have specialised within head & neck cancer for the past 10 years, optimising and co-ordinating the care and management for patients receiving chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy.
Head and Neck oncology is both a very challenging and rewarding area to work in, with a multitude of symptoms to manage. Oral care and the management of oral complications is vital and significantly impacts on patients and their quality of life and on that of their families and carers. As such, it is an area which demands care of the highest standard and quality.
Oral mucositis is the most debilitating, dose limiting side effect of chemo/radiotherapy for head and neck cancer and as such demands care of the highest quality. The UKOMiC group strives to provide guidance to aid in the optimisation of patient care and quality of life within this area.