Teton PT: Oncology

Newsletter ONCOLOGY AT TETON PT & REHAB Health &Wellness

ONCOLOGY REHAB Our Rehab Team is excited to have the opportunity to announce that we have officially started seeing oncology patients. We have a team of compassionate and professional therapists that are passionate about helping individuals who have been diagnosed with cancer. These therapists have undergone extensive training with an oncology specialty, following a doctorate or masters degree in their perspective fields. ONCOLOGY SPEECH THERAPY Our Oncology Speech-language pathologists (SLPs), also referred to as speech therapists, are skilled in evaluating and treating swallowing, voice, and cognitive deficits in patients undergoing cancer treatment. Our speech therapists will focus on improving a patient’s ability to eat and drink, communicate, and navigate daily tasks. Chemotherapy Induced Cognitive Impairment (CICI), also commonly known as “chemo fog” or “chemo brain,” is an adverse effect experienced by some patients during and after certain kinds of chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Patients may experience short or long-term difficulty with concentrating, remembering, conversing, and completing routine tasks, leading to decreased independence and quality of life. Many patients who undergo chemotherapy, radiation and/or surgery, especially in head and neck cancer, experience difficulty swallowing, referred to as dysphagia.

Vocal quality and/or loudness may be negatively impacted upon receiving chemotherapy, radiation, and/or surgery, especially in head and neck cancer. Speech therapists can improve vocal loudness and quality by focusing on breath support, vocal use and hygiene, as well as exercise. We are here to partner with individuals with cancer and be alongside them throughout their journey!

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