Head & Neck incl Thyroid - 2WW
Service provided by UHBristol at the Bristol Royal Infirmary. The services are for patients who meet the Head and Neck Cancer (including Thyroid) 2WW criteria.
Contact details ADULT 2WW:
UHBW - Tel on 0117 342 7641 / 2 / 3 / 4 or email to Ubhfirstname.lastname@example.org
The service offers consultation with diagnostics and onward referral for treatment as required.
At time of referral please issue the BNSSG Understanding Your Urgent Fast Track Referral patient information leaflet.
Referrals should be made using the Suspected Head & Neck Cancer Referral Form (word doc).
If advised to refer into MDT, then please submit a 2WW referral to the relevant secondary care team who will ensure that all the required information is available to enable an effective MDT discussion.
Suspected Head and Neck Cancer - General (Dentist should refer via GP) :
An unexplained palpable lump in the neck i.e. of recent onset or a previously undiagnosed lump that has changed over a period of 3 – 6 weeks
An unexplained persistent swelling in the parotid or submandibular gland
Suspected Head and Neck Cancer – Ear, Nose and Throat Origin (Dentist should refer via GP) :
Persistent unexplained hoarseness i.e. >3 weeks, with negative chest X-ray (consider)
An unexplained persistent sore throat, especially if associated with dysphagia, hoarseness or otalgia.
Persistent unilateral nasal obstruction with bloody discharge*
Unexplained unilateral serous otitis media/ effusion in a patient aged over 18
* Other red flags for nasopharyngeal malignancy may also warrant 2WW referral and will be accepted if concern is free texted on the 2WW form even if box is not ticked. See nasal treatment section of Remedy for further details.
Suspected Thyroid Cancer (Dentist should refer via GP):
Unexplained thyroid lump (consider). Please perform thyroid function test in parallel with referral.
Suspected Head and Neck Cancer - Oral Maxillo-Facial Origin (Dentists can refer direct, use the referral form and send to email@example.com):
Unexplained ulceration of the oral cavity or mass persisting for more than 3 weeks (consider)
Unexplained red and white patches (including suspected lichen planus) of the oral cavity particularly if painful, bleeding or swollen (consider)
Oral cavity and lip lesions or persistent symptoms of the oral cavity followed up for six weeks where definitive diagnosis of a benign lesion cannot be made
Non-healing extraction sockets (>4 weeks duration) or suspicious loosening of teeth, where malignancy is suspected (particularly if associated with numbness of the lip)
Please see NICE Cancer Guidelines 2015 for Head and Neck Cancers