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Beyond Five - The Face of Head and Neck Cancer

Beyond Five is Australia’s only not for profit organisation supporting people affected by head and neck cancer. In Australia nearly 5,000 people are diagnosed with head and neck cancer each year and more than 17,000 people are living with the side effects of treatment.

Head and neck cancer is incredibly complex and diverse. It includes more than 10 different cancers that can affect a person’s mouth, tongue, salivary glands, skin or voice box. Each type comes with its own causes, symptoms, characteristics, complexities and treatment options.

One of the most common causes of head and neck cancer is smoking and alcohol which affects areas like the mouth, throat and voice box. However, today in Australia, many head and neck cancers are due to other causes. For example, the human papilloma virus is the most common cause of tonsil cancer, which is rapidly increasing in incidence. Skin cancers on the face are mainly due to sun exposure and may extend to the eyes, ears, nose and salivary glands. For many other head and neck cancers, such as thyroid cancer, the cause is unknown.

The name 'Beyond Five' refers to the long-term support that patients with different types of head and neck cancer often need, which is more than five years after they are diagnosed.

Beyond Five's mission is to improve the quality of life of everyone affected by head and neck cancer through education and access to support and to raise awareness of head and neck cancer nationally.

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Last reviewed: September 2019

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Beyond Five - Facial Prosthetics

What is a facial prosthesis? Prostheses are artificial appliances designed to restore a missing part of the body that cannot be reconstructed or repaired surgically

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Beyond Five - Tracheostomy

The trachea is a tube that carries air from the larynx (voice box) to the lungs, it is commonly known as the windpipe

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Beyond Five - What's involved?

There are no rules about what caring for someone with cancer involves

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Beyond Five - Exercise

Regular exercise during and after your treatment for head and neck cancer can help you feel better and recover more quickly

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Beyond Five - Diet and nutrition

Head and neck cancer can make it hard to eat and drink

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Beyond Five - Understanding your diagnosis

The complex nature of cancer means that there is not always only one way to for it to be treated

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Beyond Five - Practical support

Being diagnosed with head and neck cancer can cause extra stress in your life

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Beyond Five - Complementary therapies

When you are diagnosed with head and neck cancer, your doctor will talk to you about your treatment options

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Beyond Five - The cancer care team

After a diagnosis of cancer has been made, your doctor is likely to talk about your diagnosis with the cancer care team they work with

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Beyond Five - Staging and grading

Once your doctor has diagnosed cancer, it important to find out how big the cancer is and where it started to grow

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