Dysphagia in the Aging Head and Neck Cancer Population This article reviews the types of swallow impairment and side effects seen after head and neck cancer treatment. Treatments include surgery, specifically, oral and oropharyngeal cancer surgery, partial laryngectomy, total laryngectomy, and primary chemoradiotherapy. Normal changes to the swallowing mechanism with age are discussed, including potential negative effects on swallowing ... Article
Article  |   November 30, 2016
Dysphagia in the Aging Head and Neck Cancer Population
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Cathy Lazarus
    Department of Otolaryngology, Mount Sinai Beth Israel, New York, NY
    Department of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY
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  • Financial: Cathy Lazarus has no relevant financial interests to disclose.
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Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Special Populations / Older Adults & Aging / Part 4
Article   |   November 30, 2016
Dysphagia in the Aging Head and Neck Cancer Population
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, November 2016, Vol. 1, 149-161. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG13.149
History: Received April 12, 2016 , Revised May 5, 2016 , Accepted May 6, 2016
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, November 2016, Vol. 1, 149-161. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG13.149
History: Received April 12, 2016; Revised May 5, 2016; Accepted May 6, 2016

This article reviews the types of swallow impairment and side effects seen after head and neck cancer treatment. Treatments include surgery, specifically, oral and oropharyngeal cancer surgery, partial laryngectomy, total laryngectomy, and primary chemoradiotherapy. Normal changes to the swallowing mechanism with age are discussed, including potential negative effects on swallowing and outcomes. Other variables that can have an impact on swallow function and quality of life in older head and neck cancer patients are discussed including sensory changes, depression, and presence of a partner.

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