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Oncological Speech Language Pathology Services

Shannon Neuro Rehab Clinic now offers Speech Language Pathology Services with a Physiological Oncology Rehabilitation Institute (PORi) Head and Neck Cancer Certified therapist.

Do you or a loved one experience any of the following since being diagnosed with cancer?

  • Achiness, fullness, heaviness, stiffness, and/or swelling in head and/or neck
    • Discomfort when looking both ways while driving or crossing the street
  • Changes in memory
  • Changes in the sound of your voice
  • Choking or coughing during your meals
  • Difficulty with finding words
  • Difficulty with management of or questions regarding feeding tube
  • Difficulty of or questions regarding tracheostomy care
  • Feeling like food/drink “gets stuck” in your throat
  • Mental fog: feeling of mental dullness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Slurred speech: frequent requests to repeat what you said
  • When should you seek a referral?
    • As soon as you are diagnosed with head and neck cancer is ideal, but a Speech Therapist can help during any time throughout your oncological journey
  • Why Speech Therapy?
    • A speech therapist can help with:
      • Establishment of baseline measurements
      • Identify risk factors for or changes in:
        • Cognition or thinking
        • Lymphedema
        • Speech quality
        • Swallowing
        • Voice
      • Why is it important to start speech therapy before starting treatment?
        • Prehab or skilled intervention prior to starting oncology treatment helps with optimizing function prior to:
          • Chemotherapy
          • Radiation treatment
          • Surgery
        • Also helps with:
          • Decreasing frequency for return to ER visits
          • Decreasing length of hospital stays
          • Improving your overall functional recovery from cancer and oncological treatment

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