Effects of Chemoradiotherapy on Tongue Function in Patients With Head and Neck Cancer In this review article, the effects of radiotherapy ± chemotherapy on tissues and on oropharyngeal swallowing are reviewed. In addition, normal tongue function for swallowing is reviewed, as are the effects of tongue exercise programs designed to improve tongue strength and swallow functioning. Current literature on swallow exercise programs for ... Article
Article  |   June 01, 2009
Effects of Chemoradiotherapy on Tongue Function in Patients With Head and Neck Cancer
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  • Cathy L. Lazarus
    Department of Otolaryngology, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY
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Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Special Populations
Article   |   June 01, 2009
Effects of Chemoradiotherapy on Tongue Function in Patients With Head and Neck Cancer
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), June 2009, Vol. 18, 55-60. doi:10.1044/sasd18.2.55
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), June 2009, Vol. 18, 55-60. doi:10.1044/sasd18.2.55

In this review article, the effects of radiotherapy ± chemotherapy on tissues and on oropharyngeal swallowing are reviewed. In addition, normal tongue function for swallowing is reviewed, as are the effects of tongue exercise programs designed to improve tongue strength and swallow functioning. Current literature on swallow exercise programs for head and neck cancer patients is provided. Also discussed are potential new avenues for research in this population.

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