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Dysphagia in Head and Neck Cancer Patients

Format(s):   Home-study
Discipline(s):   Physical Therapy / Occupational Therapy / Speech-Language
Contact Hours:   3
Registration Fee:   $88

At the end of this course participants will be able to: Describe the treatment modalities typically utilized in head and neck cancer management Identify at least three sequelae of radiation treatment to the head and neck Describe three interventions for management of xerostomia Discuss the evidence base in re: oral hygiene specific to frequency, duration, and methods Identify patients for whom exercise is and is not appropriate Describe appropriate dietary modifications for patients with head and neck cance

Target Audience
Physical Therapist, Physical Therapist Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapist Assistants, and Speech Language Pathologist

Cancers of the head and neck make up approximately three percent of diagnosed in the United States but have a high likelihood of resulting in early or late effect dysphagia symptoms. Swallowing problems result from the cancer itself, but more commonly, from the treatment for the cancer – surgical resection, radiation treatment, and chemotherapy. This course will discuss those treatments and their implications for swallowing function as well as potential complications of treatment, including xerostomia, mucositis, fibrosis, and disuse atrophy. A review of the available research with this complex population will provide information regarding compensatory techniques for symptom management and therapeutic interventions for maintaining and/or improving swallow function. The role of oral/pharyngeal exercise in this population is also discussed as well as nutritional concerns and appropriate interventions.

Dates and Locations
Purchase Address:   Home-study
Dates:   01-01-2020 - 01-01-2020, 12:00AM 12:00AM