Every year 300–400 people are diagnosed with mouth, head and neck cancers in Ireland. It can be a difficult and challenging time for patients and the people who care about them.
If you’ve recently been diagnosed, you might be feeling overwhelmed. You’re meeting a bewildering number of medical staff, many in areas completely new to you, and it has probably dawned on you that the treatment of mouth, head and neck cancers can often be a complicated business. You want to know what will happen.
This book is designed to help you and those who care for you to understand and cope with your diagnosis, treatment and recovery. With contributions from a broad range of health-care professionals and from survivors who describe the challenges they faced and how they overcame them, Word of Mouth offers information and advice to help you along the way.
Dr Denise MacCarthy graduated in dentistry from UCC in 1977. In 1983 she became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh and in 1992 was awarded a Master in Dental Science. She is the Director of Undergraduate Dental Education and Training in Periodontology in Trinity College Dublin. In 1992, she established the first Dental Hygiene Training Programme in Ireland and was director for 14 years. In 1997, she established a Dental Clinic for Head and Neck Cancer Patients for pre radiotherapy dental assessment and long term supportive and prosthodontic care. In 2009 she was a founding member, together with Lia Mills and Professor Leo Stassen, of the Mouth Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Campaign in Ireland. She is currently the Head of Division of Restorative Dentistry and Periodontology in Dublin Dental University Hospital.
Lia Mills is a writer. Her most recent book In Your Face is a memoir of her experience of a diagnosis of and treatment for mouth cancer.