Framework for Speech-Language Pathology Services in Patients with Oral Cavity and Oropharyngeal Cancers.

Arrese LC, Hutcheson KA
Oral Maxillofac Surg Clin North Am 30 397-410 11/01/2018

Abstract

This article provides a framework speech-language pathology services to optimize functional outcomes of patients with oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancers. Key principles include (1) a proactive rehabilitation model that minimizes intervals of disuse or inactivity of speech and swallowing systems, (2) standardized evaluation paradigms that combine objective instrumental assessments with patient-reported outcome measures, and (3) systematic methods for surveillance and intensive rehabilitation for late dysphagia.

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