Surgery is one of the main treatments for cancers of the head and neck. The main aim of surgery is to remove the cancer completely. But your surgeon will also do everything possible to minimise the changes that surgery may cause to your speech and swallowing.
The type of surgery you have depends on the size and position of the cancer, and whether it has spread (staging).
Before your operation, your surgeon will discuss the type of surgery with you. It’s important that you understand what’s going to be removed and how this will affect you after the operation, both in the short- and long-term.
If there is a risk your speech, swallowing or eating could be affected for a time after surgery, you may also meet a speech and language therapist or dietitian before the operation.