Protocol for Swallowing Management in Patients Treated for Head and Neck Cancer Treatment for tumors causing head and neck cancer has changed dramatically in the past 50 years. Initially, surgical procedures were largely used to remove the cancers and adequate surrounding tissue to prevent recurrence. The nature of the swallowing problems that occurred as a result of surgical treatment depended largely ... Article
Article  |   June 01, 2006
Protocol for Swallowing Management in Patients Treated for Head and Neck Cancer
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  • Jeri A. Logemann
    Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
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Article   |   June 01, 2006
Protocol for Swallowing Management in Patients Treated for Head and Neck Cancer
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), June 2006, Vol. 15, 22-26. doi:10.1044/sasd15.2.22
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), June 2006, Vol. 15, 22-26. doi:10.1044/sasd15.2.22
Treatment for tumors causing head and neck cancer has changed dramatically in the past 50 years. Initially, surgical procedures were largely used to remove the cancers and adequate surrounding tissue to prevent recurrence. The nature of the swallowing problems that occurred as a result of surgical treatment depended largely upon the specific structure or structures that were removed (Logemann, 1998; Logemann & Bytell, 1979; Logemann et al., 1993, 1994a). In general, treatment for swallowing dysfunctions that occurred after surgical procedures focused on postural changes, range of motion exercises to increase movement in whatever tissues/structures were remaining, swallowing maneuvers, and other compensatory strategies to make up for the structures missing or damaged postoperatively (Logemann et al., 1997). Radiotherapy was often used as an adjunct treatment, but was certainly not the primary procedure for tumor control.
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