SLP's work with patients to assess and treat swallowing difficulties. SLPs specialize in the management and treatment of swallowing problems in head and neck cancer patients, and can provide specific swallowing exercises that may assist in preventing swallowing problems. SLP's also see patients with other cancer diagnoses who have swallowing difficulties.
In head and neck cancer, the SLP is involved from diagnosis through treatment and onwards. Radiation treatment (with or without chemotherapy) or surgery can impact swallowing function. An SLP can help you with strategies to maximize swallow function throughout treatment, recovery and beyond.
- The need to swallow extra times to clear food from the mouth and throat
- Taking longer to finish a meal
- A gurgly, wet-sounding voice after swallowing
- Coughing or choking during or after meals
- Throat clearing while eating