Management guidelines for head and neck cancers such as those of the NCCN are often inappropriate for limited resource settings due to lack of access to special investigations, radiation therapy, and even thyroid and calcium replacement. Hence the AfHNS has promulgated these management guidelines that are adapted to limited resource settings. These guidelines will assist clinicians to provide appropriate best practice that will benefit patients with head and neck cancers living in developing countries.
These guidelines have been formulated by African head and neck surgeons and oncologists, in consultation with American and European colleagues. The first two guideline topics are “Management of thyroid nodules and cancers in Developing Countries and Limited Resource Settings” and “AfHNS Clinical Practice Guidelines for Parotid Tumours and Cancers in Developing Countries and Limited Resource Settings“. The AfHNS Clinical Practice Guidelines for Head & Neck Cancers in Developing Countries and Limited Resource Setting is a work in progress, and additional tumour sites will be added in the future.