SIG 13 Perspectives Vol. 22, No. 2, June 2013
This issue of Perspectives highlights swallowing disorders associated with head and neck cancers. Swallow assessment instruments that are specific to this population are discussed. Surgical and non-surgical treatments for head and neck cancers are delineated and information is provided regarding the typical impact of these treatments in the early and late stages on swallowing performance. Rehabilitation strategies are also described, both for people who underwent surgical resection of their cancer versus individuals who received radiation therapy.
You will be able to:
- demonstrate awareness of the etiology and primary characteristics of late radiation-associated dysphagia
- discuss the general phases of swallowing rehabilitation following total glossectomy
- list swallow assessment instruments that are available for use with individuals with head and neck cancer and describe the information obtained from these tools
- discuss the three primary types of partial laryngectomy surgeries performed currently and their impact on swallow function
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