What is speech therapy?
Cancer and the associated treatments, specifically head and neck cancers, can have a harsh effect on a patient's ability to swallow or to speak and articulate clearly. Speech therapy is a type of rehabilitation that aims to help improve patients' quality of life by improving the ability to swallow and speak.
Speech therapy may consist of physiotherapeutic exercises, stretching and training. Therapists will use exercises to improve speech, articulation, strengthen vocal cords and strengthen the muscles used in swallowing.
A speech therapist, or speech pathologist, works with each patient to help them understand the muscles and structures involved in speaking and swallowing, and why their cancer treatment may affect their abilities.
After accessing a patient's needs, the speech therapy team at Baptist Cancer Center works closely with each patient and physician to design an individualized treatment program with a focus on improving function and optimizing independence.
Who can benefit from speech therapy?
You may benefit from speech therapy if you are experiencing any of the following issues:
- Difficulty with problem solving
- Attention span deficits
- Memory loss
- Difficulty with swallowing
- Facial muscle weakness
- Changes in speaking voice
If you're experiencing any of the conditions listed above as a result of cancer or cancer treatment, talk to your doctor about speech therapy at Baptist Cancer Center.