Study objectives

The overall objective of the study was to recruit a clinical cohort of 5,000 people with head & neck cancer. The initial plan was to follow up the cohort for two years but this has now been extended. The Head & Neck 5000 follow-up study is collecting follow-up data for a further 3 - 5 years and we will continue to update information through linkage to national databases until at least 2020.


Specifically, the objectives were to:

  • Compare morbidity and mortality outcomes across different centres.
  • Compare quality of life outcomes across different centres.
  • Describe the individual economic cost of head and neck cancer care.
  • Identify prognostic indicators for head and neck cancer.
  • Create a resource for translational and applied research in head and neck cancer.