Director Head & Neck Centre, UCL
Division of Surgical International Sciences
Over the past 20 years there have
been several major advances in minimally invasive head and neck
These advances have profound implications for many patients.
For example: Patients
with benign salivary tumours no longer need to accept the
surgical removal of a salivary gland as the only available treatment option.
In almost all cases, such removal is no longer necessary.
These advances have
been made as a collaborative effort by five
teams, Professor Iro in Erlangen, Professor Capaccio in Milan, Professor Nahlieli in Israel, Dr Katz in Paris and myself in London.
Informing you, the patient
Unfortunately patients are not always made aware of all their options
when agreeing to surgery. The website briefly explains some
of the advances in surgical procedures and the increasing obligation
medical profession to ensure that patients are fully informed.
The site focuses
mainly on treatment options for salivary gland
disorders. However other breakthroughs have been made, notably
for the early detection of mouth cancer and the treatment for odontogenic tumours. These are also described
About Professor McGurk
Charity: Head &
Neck Cancer Foundation
Our charity is a recently-established
news, patient forum and fund-raising site
for head and neck cancer research.
1. To create
and maintain momentum within the medical profession towards the
adoption of improved surgical techniques by means of
symposia, publications and events.
2. To improve
patient outcome through the development and improvement of
minimally invasive surgical procedures.
publicise breakthroughs and raise patient awareness.
important that patients are aware of their options so they can be
discussed with their surgeon.
There have been some significant changes recently which increase
our obligation to fully inform our patients.
The main purpose of the website is to encourage patient awareness.
See "Other Developments"
Conferences and events
As part of our
mission, we help to organise seminars, conferences and training courses
for health professionals.
Surgical training in London
Salivary Gland Centre
holds regular courses in
minimally invasive head & neck surgery at
King Edward VII's Hospital
We are setting the pace in several important areas of head and neck