Treatment for Head and Neck Cancer

Services > Speech and Communication Therapy > Treatment for Head and Neck Cancer
Head and neck cancer and its treatment frequently cause changes in both speech and swallowing, which can ultimately affect one's quality of life and ability to function in society. Speech-language pathologists play an important role in the management of patients with head and neck cancer who experience these difficulties. SLP evaluations may address dysphagia (swallowing), dysarthria (slurred speech), and vocal quality concerns.

Speech therapy may include:
  • Education on vocal hygiene
  • Use of Visi-Pitch equipment for voice
  • Breathing exercises
  • Oral motor exercises
  • Neuromuscular electrical stimulation for swallowing (i.e. Vital Stim, if warranted)
  • Recommendations of the safest, least restrictive food/liquid consistencies
  • Safe swallow techniques 

Speech-language pathologists also have a direct role in the delivery and management of services with Laryngectomy patients (pre and post-surgery). We can provide education on equipment needed post-surgery as well as assist with choosing best communication option. 

We offer speech therapy at the following locations:
Bethlehem Neuro - 1417 Eighth Ave
Bethlehem North - 153 Brodhead Rd
Emmaus - 518 Chestnut St
Phillipsburg Hillcrest - 755 Memorial Pkwy
Lansford- 100 W Patterson Street
Lehighton- 575 South 9th St.
Quakertown- 1534 Park Ave.