Head and Neck Cancer Support Aotearoa is a charitable trust established in 2020 to support New Zealand head and neck cancer patients and their whānau from diagnosis through to survivorship.

World Head and Neck Cancer Day on 27 July is marked by 51 countries 

One aim of WHNCD is to foster early detection. From the Oral Cancer Foundation, here is a list of common early warning signs. 

  • An ulcer or sore that does not heal within 2-3 weeks
  • A red, white, or black discoloration on the soft tissues in the mouth
  • Difficult or painful swallowing. A sensation that things are sticking in the throat when swallowing
  • A swollen but painless tonsil. When looking in the mouth, tonsils on both sides should be symmetrical in size
  • Pain when chewing
  • A persistent sore throat or hoarse voice
  • A swelling or lump in the mouth
  • A painless lump felt on the outside of the neck, which has been there for at least two weeks.
  • A numb feeling in the mouth or lips
  • Constant coughing
  • An ear ache on one side (unilateral) which persists for more than a few days.

HNCSA will be holding a stall at Auckland City Hospital, Level 5, form 9 am to 1 pm on 27 July.

Help, Advice & Support

Our Facebook support group provides a safe place where you can reach out to other people going through the same thing as you and get help, advice and support. 

Head & Neck Cancer Support Charitable Trust

Help us support those with Head & Neck Cancer by making a small donation.


We provide peer to peer emotional support online and in person. No one should feel alone. We do this via our private Facebook groups and through face to face meetings. 



We hold meetings in cafes and at Domain Lodge and have arranged informal meetings around the country.  “Providing opportunities to meet” is one of our charitable aims. 


We aim to provide information from reliable sources, sometimes from our own hospitals. Our Facebook group, which is our forum, has played a huge part in educating us all. We learn from each other. 


One of our charitable aims is to supply some of the more difficult to afford products head and neck cancer patients need. Starting in a small way with things like dental products and blenders, we hope to make life easier for families


This is one of our main responsibilities. How can we prevent others from contracting head and neck cancer? How can we make sure others are treated before their cancer is advanced? We work hard on World Head and Neck Cancer Day (July 27) to raise awareness.


We are a support group and have not stated advocacy as one of our charitable aims. However, members of our board have acted as patient representatives at co-patient events run by Auckland Hospital.


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