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Head and neck cancer rehabilitation: Where do we go from here?

Session outline

We will review current rehabilitation practice in managing impairments from head and neck cancer and its treatment. These impairments include dysphagia, voice impairment, lymphedema, neck and shoulder dysfunction, peripheral neuropathies, cervical dystonia, trismus, and fatigue. We will also discuss the current state of research regarding assessment and rehabilitation interventions in head and neck cancer with a particular focus on timing and technologies. Through this module we hope to highlight the need for rehabilitation in these patients, enable more practitioners to feel comfortable in managing their impairments, and to stimulate collaborative discussion to improve the clinical care of this population.

Learning outcomes

  1. List common impairments seen in patients with head and neck cancer.
  2. Develop individualized rehabilitation plans for patients.
  3. Have a better understanding of the state of rehabilitation research in this population.

Target audience

This talk will be geared towards physical medicine and rehabilitation trainees and practitioners.