Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Tumor Board: A Collaborative Role for the Speech-Language Pathologist Head and neck cancer represents a heterogeneous disease that affects the multiple structures and function of the aerodigestive tract. Because of the complexity of head and neck cancer, a multidisciplinary team of medical professionals are needed to eliminate or control the tumor while maximizing functional outcomes afterward. If not already ... Article
Article  |   May 29, 2018
Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Tumor Board: A Collaborative Role for the Speech-Language Pathologist
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Mario Alberto Landera
    Department of Otolaryngology, University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, FL
  • Donna S. Lundy
    Department of Otolaryngology, University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, FL
  • Amanda Demane
    Department of Otolaryngology, University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, FL
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  • Financial: Mario Alberto Landera has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Donna S. Lundy has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Amanda Demane has no relevant financial interests to disclose.
    Financial: Mario Alberto Landera has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Donna S. Lundy has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Amanda Demane has no relevant financial interests to disclose.×
  • Nonfinancial: Mario Alberto Landera has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose. Donna S. Lundy has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose. Amanda Demane has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose.
    Nonfinancial: Mario Alberto Landera has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose. Donna S. Lundy has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose. Amanda Demane has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose.×
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Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Special Populations / Part 2
Article   |   May 29, 2018
Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Tumor Board: A Collaborative Role for the Speech-Language Pathologist
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, May 2018, Vol. 3, 75-81. doi:10.1044/persp3.SIG13.75
History: Received November 6, 2017 , Revised January 24, 2018 , Accepted January 29, 2018
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, May 2018, Vol. 3, 75-81. doi:10.1044/persp3.SIG13.75
History: Received November 6, 2017; Revised January 24, 2018; Accepted January 29, 2018

Head and neck cancer represents a heterogeneous disease that affects the multiple structures and function of the aerodigestive tract. Because of the complexity of head and neck cancer, a multidisciplinary team of medical professionals are needed to eliminate or control the tumor while maximizing functional outcomes afterward. If not already experiencing swallowing and/or communication issues, patients who are diagnosed with head and neck cancer typically will encounter difficulties in these areas related to the treatment mode(s) used to shrink or eradicate the tumor. A speech-language pathologist can play an integral role in the multidisciplinary team to ensure that appropriate patients are referred to our service.

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