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Management of Swallowing in Patients With Head and Neck Cancer: Fine-Tuning Your Decision-Making
Management of Swallowing in Patients With Head and Neck Cancer: Fine-Tuning Your Decision-Making
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Clinicians often conduct instrumental evaluations of swallowing for patients who have been treated for head and neck cancer, and making decisions regarding oral vs. non-oral nutrition and specific diet type can be challenging. This webinar will discuss how to make judicious decisions concerning eating and diet, and what variables to incorporate into the decision-making process with this population.

Learning Objectives:
You will be able to:

  • identify the types of oropharyngeal swallowing impairments that are common in head and neck cancer patients
  • discuss the variables to consider when making decisions regarding PO/NPO and specific diet

What is Included?


  • Introduction/Overview 
  • Assessment 
    • Partial laryngectomy 
    • Total laryngectomy 
    • Oral cancer resection 
    • Primary (chemo)radiotherapy 
  • Identifying physiologic disorders and determining appropriate therapeutic strategies 
  • Decision-making regarding PO/NPO, diet 
  • Decision-making regarding intervention 


  • PPT slides 
  • References


Self-assessment—Think about what you learned and report on the Completion Form how you will use your new knowledge.

To earn continuing education credit, you must complete the learning assessment by February 9, 2024.

Presenter Information

Cathy L. Lazarus, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, is currently the research director of the THANC Functional Outcomes Research Center, THANC Foundation, in the Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. She is associate professor in the Department of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Lazarus has been conducting research on normal and abnormal swallowing for many years. Her primary interest is swallowing in treated head and neck cancer patients, focusing on outcomes after head and neck cancer treatment. She has procured NIH funding and has participated in multi-site randomized clinical trials examining treatment for swallowing disorders. She is an ASHA Fellow and has served on ASHA committees and on the American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders. She is also past-president of the Board of the International Dysphagia Research Society.

Financial Disclosures

  • Royalties from Northern Speech Services 
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures

  • No nonfinancial relationships to the content of this presentation

Program History and CE Information

Live recording date: February 8, 2018
End date: February 9, 2024

This course is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

Continuing Education

2/9/2019 to 2/9/2024

Product Information

Item #(s): WEB18221
Client Age: All Ages
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Language: English
Author: Cathy L. Lazarus, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

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