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Exploring Speech and Swallowing Rehabilitation: Insights from Oral Cancer Treatment Outcomes

Exploring Speech and Swallowing Rehabilitation: Insights from Oral Cancer Treatment Outcomes

Oral cancer treatment can have significant adverse effects on speech and swallowing, often leading to long-term or even permanent deficits. These deficits can greatly impact a patient's quality of life (QOL). A critical review of the literature, including the work by Theurer and Martin (2003), highlights several key areas where speech-language pathologists (SLPs) can focus their efforts to improve patient outcomes.

Key Findings from the Research

The review by Theurer and Martin (2003) outlines three primary themes:

Improving Speech and Swallowing Outcomes

SLPs can leverage these findings to enhance their therapeutic approaches:

Encouraging Further Research

The review underscores the need for more rigorous research in several areas:

By integrating these strategies into their practice, SLPs can significantly improve the rehabilitation outcomes for patients undergoing treatment for oral cancer. To read the original research paper, please follow this link: Effects of Oral Cancer Treatment: Speech, Swallowing, and Quality of Life Outcomes.


Citation: Theurer, J. A., & Martin, R. E. (2003). Effects of oral cancer treatment: Speech, swallowing, and quality of life outcomes. Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, 27(4), 185-232. Retrieved from https://cjslpa.ca/files/2003_JSLPA_Vol_27/No_04_185-232/Theurer_Martin_JSLPA_2003.pdf

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