When SLPs receive a consult for a patient with head and neck cancer, a cascade of unique questions should enter their minds…

  • Where is the cancer located?
  • Have they had surgery?
  • What about radiation or chemotherapy?
  • What do they understand about their diagnosis?
  • If they have a stoma, is this from a laryngectomy or tracheostomy?

As one member put it, “The head and neck cancer population can be tough, but the challenges are worth it when you witness them speak, eat, and regain their quality of life again- especially when you have the right support!”

HNC Resource Pathway

When SLPs receive a consult for a patient with head and neck cancer, a cascade of unique questions should enter their minds…

  • Where is the cancer located?
  • Have they had surgery?
  • What about radiation or chemotherapy?
  • What do they understand about the diagnosis?
  • If they have a stoma, is this from a laryngectomy or tracheostomy?

As one member put it, “The head and neck cancer population can be tough, but the challenges are worth it when you witness them speak, eat, and regain their quality of life again- especially when you have the right support!”

Use this roadmap as your MedSLP Collective guide towards gaining knowledge and tools in areas like…

  • Assessing dysphagia in patients with HNC
  • Evidence-based treatment practices in patients with HNC
  • Tracheostomy vs post-laryngectomy stoma
  • Differentiating and advocating for laryngeal imaging exams
  • Assessing and managing lymphedema
  • Laryngectomy
  • Starting a head and neck cancer clinic
  • And more!

Head and neck cancer may seem like a daunting population to work with, but with the right support, education, and resources, it certainly doesn’t have to be. Allow this pathway to bring you and your patients to greater outcomes.

Once you complete this Success Pathway, you’ll receive your badge and a gift.

 

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