Palliative treatment for head and neck cancer

Palliative treatment for head and neck cancer helps to improve people’s quality of life by alleviating symptoms of cancer without trying to cure the disease and is best thought of as supportive care.

Many people think that palliative treatment is for people at the end of their life, however, it may be beneficial for people at any stage of advanced head and neck cancer.

As well as slowing the spread of cancer, palliative treatment can help manage symptoms such as pain and help you live as long as possible in the most satisfying way you can. Treatment may include radiation therapy, chemotherapy or other drug therapies. 

For more information, call Cancer Council 13 11 20 for free copies of Understanding Palliative Care and Living with Advanced Cancer, download a copy from this page, or see Palliative Care.

This information was last reviewed in May 2017
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