Managing Side Effects and/or Late Effects of Treatment
Providing services to patients whose ability to communicate and/or swallow has been affected by cancer or its treatmentSpeech-Language pathologists work closely with the cancer physicians in medical departments such as Hematology/ Oncology, Radiation Oncology and Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Cancer Surgery to address the pre- and post- treatment communicative and swallowing needs of patients.
Speech-Language Pathologists are certified through the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association and are qualified to evaluate patients and implement appropriate intervention programs for individuals undergoing various forms of cancer treatment. The overall goal is to restore functional communication and swallowing skills.
The main offices of Speech-Language Pathology are on the first floor of University Hospital. This is the primary treatment site for adult inpatients and outpatients. Cancer patients are also seen in their respective cancer clinics while pediatric cancer patients are seen at the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital.
The Speech-Language Pathology staff facilitate a monthly Head and Neck Oncology support group. For more information about this group, visit the Speech-Language Pathology Program website.