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Palliative Partners in Head and Neck Cancer (PP-HANC)

Palliative Partners in Head and Neck Cancer (PP-HANC)

The Clinical Research Network North West Coast is working in partnership with the North of England to identify key research priority areas in palliative and end of life care for people with head and neck cancer, addressing regional variations in care. The Network consists of partners from NHS Hospitals, Integrated Care Systems, Primary Care and members of our communities. 

Incurable head and neck cancer and its treatment often cause severe difficulties in swallowing, speaking and breathing, leaving patients in a lot of pain, fatigued and suffering from low mood. Symptoms can be extremely distressing for patients and their families, leaving them feeling isolated with a very low quality of life. Those with incurable head and neck cancer are highly likely to receive intensive treatments and be admitted to hospital. Which ultimately, can affect their preferences about care including whether or not an individual is able to die in the place of their choice. Palliative and end of life care varies widely depending on where you live and the North of England has some of the highest rates of head and neck cancer patients in the UK.

This study will build a network of patients, carers, healthcare professionals and researchers with a specialist interest in palliative care and head and neck cancer across Liverpool, Sheffield and Newcastle. We aim to identify relevant sources of healthcare information collected locally and nationally and make an initial assessment of their quality and usefulness.

This research project is led by Professor Joanne Patterson (University of Liverpool) and Dr Catriona Mayland (University of Sheffield).

Funder: National Institute of Health Research

For more information about this study contact Dr Michelle Lawton (