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7-8 NOVEMBER <strong>2017</strong><br />



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Welcome<br />

After a very successful 2016<br />

conference in Liverpool, we hope the<br />

Head & Neck <strong>Cancer</strong> Conference <strong>2017</strong><br />

will be an inspiring and memorable<br />

experience for everyone who attends.<br />

The conference will pose questions about ‘Living with<br />

and beyond cancer’. Inspired by leading national<br />

and international thinkers, it will explore how, by<br />

introducing greater passion and understanding into<br />

the patient’s journey, carers and the people who work<br />

with them will make informed choices, continue<br />

learning and aspire to world-class performance.<br />

We invite<br />

delegates to<br />

‘think differently’<br />

At a time when health professionals are under ever<br />

more severe pressures, the conference will examine<br />

the opportunities for everyone to help improve the Quality of Life. We will explore potential ways<br />

of enabling all of us to think differently about how we learn and what we can achieve.<br />

The programme will deliver an exciting mix of keynote speakers, exhibitions and fringe activities<br />

themed around the strands of ‘Living with and beyond cancer’ and will invite delegates to ‘Think<br />

Differently’ as a result. Speakers will be invited either to build their presentation around this<br />

triple-pronged approach or to concentrate on one aspect. Anecdotal and personal experience<br />

will be encouraged. Wherever possible, speakers have been grouped to explore counter or<br />

complementary positions within a strand to further engage the audience. The participation of<br />

patients and carers in all aspects will form an integral part of the conference.<br />

I would like to thank a truly international line-up of speakers from the USA, Australia and the UK<br />

who are giving up their time to speak at the conference.<br />

We all hope you get involved and enjoy your day. Please use #HNCCONF<strong>2017</strong> when posting your<br />

thoughts on Twitter.<br />

Chris Curtis<br />

World Head & Neck <strong>Cancer</strong> Patient Ambassador<br />

@H_and_Ncancer<br />

Head and Neck <strong>Cancer</strong><br />

Conference <strong>2017</strong><br />

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Conference<br />

Presidents Address<br />

On behalf of myself and the team at<br />

Blackpool Victoria hospital I would<br />

like to welcome you to this year’s<br />

international head & neck cancer<br />

conference here in Blackpool.<br />

It is a privilege to serve as President of this inspirational conference. The incidence of head<br />

and neck cancer in England is the highest in the North west. Our patients tend to present<br />

quite late to us with advanced disease and this can be associated with poorer outcomes<br />

when compared to cancer results in other parts of the country. It is befitting then that this<br />

conference is being held at Blackpool.<br />

Patients support, and awareness is becoming an important part of the ‘Pathway/Journey’ and<br />

can help patients from diagnoses through to survivorship in understand and coming to terms<br />

with cancer. Here in Blackpool we are proud to have the Swallows Charity who support our<br />

patients and over the last six years this charity has grown to international status and supports<br />

patients as far as the USA. The charity not only provides patient support and information but<br />

also has been instrumental in donating equipment to our hospital. This was recognised in the<br />

recent MBE award presented to Swallows earlier this year.<br />

All health professionals and patients should understand the issues around living with<br />

and beyond cancer and the best people to educate us all is our patients/survivors, so the<br />

next two days will go a long way to educate us all. There have been recent advances in<br />

the management of head & neck cancer. I look forward to learning about new techniques<br />

in surgery and radiotherapy with reduced morbidity which can enhance the range of<br />

treatment options available to us. There will also be an opportunity to hear about aspects of<br />

management of cancer in Australia and the USA so that we can benefit from their experience.<br />

I am very grateful to all our speakers, some of whom have travelled a long distance to be with<br />

us, for their time and effort in sharing their experience of head & neck cancer with us over the<br />

next two days.<br />

This should be an exciting conference which I am sure we will all enjoy.<br />

r<br />

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Mr Ajay Nigam FRCSEd FRCSEng FRCSORL<br />

Consultant ENT and Head & Neck Surgeon<br />

& Conference President <strong>2017</strong><br />

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1<br />

DAY 1<br />


TIME<br />

08.45<br />

-<br />

09.45<br />

Conference Room and Exhibition open<br />

Registration, Refreshments and Networking<br />

09.45<br />

-<br />

10.00<br />

Conference Welcome | Chris Curtis (Conference Organiser)<br />

Head & Neck <strong>Cancer</strong> Survivor & World H&N Ambassador<br />

Ajay Nigam (Conference President) | H&N Surgeon<br />

10.00<br />

-<br />

10:30<br />

Arthur Lauretano (USA)<br />

Medical Director at Lowell <strong>Cancer</strong> Centre, H&N Surgeon<br />

10.30<br />

-<br />

10.45<br />

Phil Parramore | Business Advisor and H&N <strong>Cancer</strong> Volunteer<br />

10.45<br />

-<br />

11.15<br />

Dr K Vasudev | Histopathologist Rtd<br />

11.15<br />

-<br />

11.30<br />

Break<br />

11.30<br />

-<br />

12.00<br />

Claire Burke (USA) | Oncology Nurse<br />

12.00<br />

-<br />

12.30<br />

Sajjad Iqbal (USA)<br />

Rare <strong>Cancer</strong> Patient Survivor<br />

12.30<br />

-<br />

13.15<br />

Lunch & Networking Opportunity | Exhibition Halls open<br />

13.15<br />

-<br />

14.00<br />

Julie McCrossin (Australia) H&N Survivor<br />

International patient speaker<br />

14.00<br />

-<br />

14:30<br />

Jo Patterson | Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer & Speech &<br />

Language Therapist in ENT<br />

14:30<br />

-<br />

15.00<br />

Dr Alex Mitchell (UK) | Honorary Senior Lecturer in psychooncology<br />

of liaison psychiatry<br />

15.00<br />

-<br />

15.30<br />

Networking and Exhibition (Refreshments)<br />

15.30<br />

-<br />

16.00<br />

Chris Lewis (UK) | Long term cancer survivor<br />

16.00<br />

-<br />

16.30<br />

Dr Gillian Knight and Students from Derby University<br />

HPV Education Film launch<br />

1630<br />

-<br />

17.00<br />

Naseem Ghazali (UK) | Robotic Surgeon<br />

17.00<br />

-<br />

17.30<br />

Dr Jiri Kubes, (Prague)<br />

PhD, Medical Director Pencil Beam Scanning (PBS)<br />

17.30<br />

-<br />

17.45<br />

Q&A Session | Hosted by Chris Curtis and Ajay Nigam<br />

Speakers will be invited to join<br />

17.45<br />

-<br />

18.00<br />

Networking and Exhibition Hall<br />

7.30pm for 8pm<br />

Speakers Dinner | The Village Hotel Inspirational Room<br />

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2<br />

DAY 2<br />


TIME<br />

09.00<br />

-<br />

09.45<br />

Exhibition Open<br />

Registration, Networking and Refreshments<br />

09.45<br />

-<br />

10.00<br />

Conference Welcome | Chris Curtis (Conference Organiser)<br />

Head & Neck <strong>Cancer</strong> Survivor and World H&N Ambassador<br />

Ajay Nigam (Conference President) | H&N Surgeon<br />

10:00<br />

-<br />

10:30<br />

Arthur Lauretano (USA)<br />

Medical Director at Lowell <strong>Cancer</strong> Centre, H&N Surgeon<br />

10.30<br />

-<br />

10.45<br />

Phil Parramore | Business Advisor and H&N <strong>Cancer</strong> Volunteer<br />

10.45<br />

-<br />

11.15<br />

Dr K Vasudev | Histopathologist Rtd<br />

11.15<br />

-<br />

11.30<br />

Break<br />

11.30<br />

-<br />

11.50<br />

Dr Gillian Knight and Students from Derby University<br />

HPV Education Film launch<br />

11.50<br />

-<br />

12.20<br />

Claire Burke (USA) | Oncology Nurse<br />

12.20<br />

-<br />

12.50<br />

Sajjad Iqbal (USA) | Rare <strong>Cancer</strong> Patient Survivor<br />

12.50<br />

-<br />

13.45<br />

Lunch & Networking Opportunity<br />

Exhibition Halls open throughout lunch<br />

13.45<br />

-<br />

13.50<br />

Presentation of Donation to The Swallows Charity<br />

13.50<br />

-<br />

14.30<br />

Julie McCrossin (Australia) | H&N Survivor<br />

International patient speaker<br />

14:30<br />

or<br />

-<br />

15:00<br />

Jo Patterson | Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer & Speech &<br />

Language Therapist in ENT<br />

14.30<br />

-<br />

15.00<br />

Dr Rob Hicks (TV Doctor) & Dawn Maher (Blackpool Carers)<br />

The Role of Carers (breakout session)<br />

Sponsored by Beaverbrooks Jewellers<br />

15:00<br />

-<br />

15:30<br />

Networking and Exhibition (Refreshments)<br />

15.30<br />

-<br />

16.00<br />

Dr Alex Mitchell (UK) | Honorary Senior Lecturer in psychooncology<br />

of liaison psychiatry<br />

16.00<br />

-<br />

16.30<br />

Chris Lewis (UK) | Long term cancer survivor<br />

16:30<br />

-<br />

17.00<br />

Naseem Ghazali (UK) | Robotic Surgeon<br />

17.00<br />

-<br />

17.30<br />

Q&A Session | Hosted by Chris Curtis and Ajay Nigam<br />

Speakers will be invited to join<br />

17.30<br />

-<br />

18.00<br />

Networking and Exhibition Hall<br />

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Quality of Life Definition<br />

‘The general well-being of a person, defined in<br />

terms of health and happiness, rather than wealth.’<br />

Even when a condition can be totally cured, there is a period of reduced<br />

quality of life that most of us would just as soon avoid. It is our<br />

responsibility to improve the quality of life for ourselves and others. A<br />

healthy lifestyle leads to a better quality of life.’<br />

Source: Collins English Dictionary. Copyright © HarperCollins Publishers<br />

Why Quality of Life post- treatment can be hard to predict…<br />

The goal of treatment for head and neck cancers is to control the disease.<br />

However, doctors should also be concerned about preserving the function<br />

of the affected areas as much as they can, and helping the patient<br />

return to normal activities as soon as possible after treatment. Rehabilitation<br />

is a very important part of this process. The goals of rehabilitation<br />

depend on the extent of the disease and the treatment that a patient<br />

has received.<br />

Depending on the location of the cancer and the type of treatment,<br />

rehabilitation may include physical therapy, dietary counselling, speech<br />

therapy, and/or learning how to care for a stoma. A stoma is an opening<br />

into the windpipe through which a patient breathes after a laryngectomy,<br />

(surgery to remove the larynx).<br />

Sometimes, especially with cancer of the oral cavity, a patient may need<br />

reconstructive and plastic surgery to rebuild bones or tissues.<br />

However, reconstructive surgery may not always be possible<br />

because of damage to the remaining tissue from the original<br />

surgery or from radiation therapy. If reconstructive surgery is not<br />

possible, a prosthodontist may be able to make a prosthesis (an artificial<br />

dental and/or facial part) to restore satisfactory swallowing, speech, and<br />

appearance. Patients will receive training on how to use the device.<br />

Patients who have trouble speaking after treatment may need speech<br />

therapy. Often a speech-language pathologist will visit the patient in<br />

the hospital to plan therapy and teach speech exercises or alternative<br />

methods of speaking. Speech therapy usually continues after the patient<br />

returns home.<br />

Eating and swallowing may be difficult after treatment for head and<br />

neck cancer. Some patients receive nutrients directly into a vein after<br />

surgery or need a feeding tube until they can eat on their own. A feeding<br />

tube is a flexible plastic tube that is passed into the stomach through<br />

the nose or an incision in the abdomen. A nurse or speech-language<br />

pathologist can help patients learn how to swallow again after surgery.<br />

When the doctors say, ‘Good news. You are free of<br />

cancer.’ the hard part of the journey starts. That is why<br />

the conference title is ‘Living with and Beyond <strong>Cancer</strong>.’<br />

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Quality of Life Capture<br />

“Throughout the conference, storytelling about Quality of Life in<br />

Your <strong>Cancer</strong> Journey will be encouraged, through listening to<br />

world class speakers and being confident to share your experiences.<br />

Whether you are a Health Professional, patient or carer<br />

the intention is the same – to capture successes, achievements<br />

and what can be done in future to improve survivorship rates and<br />

quality of life still further.”<br />

I will be introducing, through short sessions on both days, a<br />

dedicated space in the conference room, “Quality of Life Capture<br />

Wall” where all present will be encouraged to write, draw and pin<br />

up their success stories and additional improvements to support,<br />

products or services that will be needed in future.<br />

If you are a Health Professional, what have been your greatest<br />

achievements in supporting Head & Neck cancer patients or carers<br />

with their Quality of Life? What are you working on now that<br />

will be recognised as improvements for the future? And lastly,<br />

what would you like to see if you had an ‘Open Cheque Book’?<br />

If you are a Head and Neck cancer patient or carer, then what are<br />

the stories you want to tell about how well you have been supported<br />

to improve Quality of Life? And what additional support is<br />

needed that will improve things still further?<br />

Please do contribute, sharing your achievements, successes and<br />

what improvements are still required. Our Quality of Life Capture<br />

Wall will be on show throughout the conference and<br />

you can add to it at any time during refreshments and<br />

lunch breaks or at the end of the day.<br />

Following the event all your views will be reviewed and compared<br />

to the Success Wall from World Head & Neck Day event. This will<br />

support the development of a conference review report. If you<br />

would like to have a copy of the report, please sign the document<br />

next to the “Quality of Life Capture Wall”.<br />

I hope you have a thoroughly enjoyable event, making new connections,<br />

developing relationships and supporting the best possible<br />

Quality of Life for Head and Neck <strong>Cancer</strong> patients and carers.”<br />

Phil Parramore<br />

GuideDotYou Change Solutions<br />

www.guidedotyou.co.uk<br />

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Speakers<br />

Arthur M. Lauretano, M.D., M.S., F.A.C.S.<br />

Medical Director of the Lowell General Hospital<br />

Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Centre, and the<br />

Medical Director for Inpatient Speciality Services at<br />

Lowell General Hospital.<br />

Chris Curtis<br />

World Head & Neck <strong>Cancer</strong> Patient Ambassador<br />

Head & Neck <strong>Cancer</strong> from a patient’s perspective.<br />

Chris Lewis FRSA<br />

Founder of ‘Chris’s <strong>Cancer</strong> Community’ and co-founder<br />

of ‘Your simPal’ His work has won him many awards and<br />

has led to him being one of the major patient influencers<br />

within the cancer sector.<br />

Clair Burke<br />

Oncology Nurse USA Claire is a registered nurse with 35<br />

years of nursing experience in hospitals, home health and<br />

outpatient settings in the United States.<br />

Mr. Ajay Nigam FRCS Ed, FRCS Eng, FRCS (ORL)<br />

Consultant at Lancashire ENT Services, with specialities in<br />

Ear, Nose & Throat, Rhinology and Head & Neck Surgery.<br />

Dr Alex J Mitchell<br />

NHS consultant and honorary senior lecturer in psychooncology<br />

(a branch of liaison psychiatry).<br />

Dr Jo Patterson<br />

Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer (Newcastle University)<br />

and Lead Speech & Language Therapist in ENT<br />

(Sunderland Royal Hospital).<br />

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Speakers<br />

Dr K Vasudev<br />

Histopathologist Rtd<br />

The role of the Histopathologist in the Diagnosis and<br />

Management of Head & Neck <strong>Cancer</strong>.<br />

Dr. Rob Hicks<br />

Talking about the role of carers<br />

Dr Rob is one of the UK’s most popular and well-known<br />

media doctors.<br />

Dr. Sajjad Iqbal<br />

Rare <strong>Cancer</strong>, Patient Survivor of 15 years from New Jersey,<br />

United States. He is the longest living survivor of salivary<br />

duct carcinoma.<br />

Dr Gillian Knight<br />

Head of Biosciences, Deputy Head of Natural Sciences,<br />

College of Life and Natural Sciences at University of Derby.<br />

Julie McCrossin<br />

International Patient Speaker<br />

Renowned across Australia for her warmth, humour,<br />

intelligence and commitment to social justice.<br />

Naseem Ghazali MSc, DOHNS, FDSRCS,<br />


Robotic surgeon at Blackburn Hospital<br />

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A story to tell<br />



I have been fortunate enough that<br />

cancer has not impacted on my family<br />

or friends for a couple of generations<br />

since my grandfather’s death, I, like most,<br />

have struggled with many life challenges.<br />

Including a failed marriage, a rough<br />

ride for my three daughters, a hearing<br />

impairment, unemployed for a good<br />

spell, lone parenting for a two year spell,<br />

and significant challenges to re-entering<br />

employment.<br />

That said my glass is always well over three<br />

quarters full, never half empty.<br />

12th August 2013 I will always class as one of<br />

my lifetime achievements.<br />

On that day I started my own business,<br />

a dream of mine for many, many years.<br />

Despite many hurdles along the way I am<br />

resilient, determined, the business survives<br />

and modestly continues on its growth<br />

journey. The business model developed<br />

means GuideDotYou will still be around as I<br />

go to the grave and I intend it to continue<br />

through future generations.<br />

I encourage people to participate in<br />

activities, socialise, volunteer, and enter<br />

into sustainable employment or selfemployment<br />

if they are realistically able.<br />

Together we can put the emphasis on<br />

prevention is better than cure and improve<br />

the quality of life for so many, leading to<br />

better health outcomes for individuals<br />

across our diverse population.<br />

Thank you for attending the conference. I<br />

know for some of you it’s not easy to do,<br />

but I applaud you for being here and being<br />

prepared to share and help others with their<br />

journey. I look forward to learning from and<br />

being inspired by you all; and hope you can<br />

embrace the successes and future plans of<br />

patients, carers and support organisations.<br />

Phil Parramore<br />

GuideDotYou Change Solutions<br />

www.guidedotyou.co.uk<br />

Our efforts have been such as to be able<br />

to achieve BIBAs (Be Inspired in Business<br />

Awards) finalist status in the socially<br />

responsible category in 2016.<br />

I subscribe to the policy agenda that<br />

encourages people to work or, if they<br />

cannot, at least be moderately active,<br />

with by products from that being a<br />

reduction in incidences of ill health and<br />

of course reductions in health treatments<br />

and support costs. So for example being<br />

mentally or physically active should<br />

promote experiences of positive wellbeing,<br />

including leading to improved self-esteem,<br />

motivation, improved physical and mental<br />

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Conference Centre coming in Spring<br />

2019 will enable Blackpool to compete<br />

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The Swallows Head and<br />

Neck <strong>Cancer</strong> Support Group,<br />

in collabaration with the<br />

Rosemere <strong>Cancer</strong> Foundation,<br />

is launching the UK’s first<br />

Radiotherapy Mask Art<br />

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head and neck cancers.<br />

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your mask for others to decorate. Schools, art colleges and a number of professional<br />

artists are being invited to take part and the exhibition will be unveiled at the Patients<br />

Head and Neck <strong>Cancer</strong> Conference in Blackpool in November <strong>2017</strong>. It will then visit the<br />

Rosemere <strong>Cancer</strong> Centre and Blackpool Victoria Hospital, before touring England and<br />

beyond, finishing at the Rosemere Centre for a Grand-Fundraising Evening. On return<br />

to the UK, the exhibits will be put up for auction and the funds split equally between The<br />

Swallows and Rosemere.<br />

If you would like to decorate and enter your own mask simply request to keep it at the<br />

end of your treatment, decorate it and submit a photograph, along with your contact<br />

details and any information you would like to share about the inspiration for your<br />

design, by email to chris@theswallows.org.uk.<br />

If you would like to donate your mask for others to decorate, please tell your<br />

radiotherapist and they will ensure that your mask is passed on. If you would also like<br />

to pass on a short, anonymous biography, that would help greatly to inspire our artists.<br />

Simply fill in the slip below and pass it to your radiotherapist.<br />

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RADIOTHERAPY MASK ART EXHIBITION <strong>2017</strong><br />

I am Male / Female<br />

Full Name:<br />

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Address:<br />

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…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………<br />

I would like to be informed of exhibition and auction dates and venues please<br />

I would like to donate my Mask to raise funds<br />

I would like my Mask returning at the end of the tour<br />

Telephone ……………………………………………………. Email ……………………………………......…………………………<br />

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