Speech and language pathology can be helpful to a cancer patient whose treatment has affected his or her ability to communicate verbally. For instance, a patient’s voice may become weak or hoarse, or his or her speech could sound slurred and unclear as a result of treatment. Additionally, general fatigue, which affects many cancer patients, can impact an individual’s ability to concentrate and express his or her thoughts. Some cancer patients also experience swallowing difficulties during or after treatment. Speech and language therapy can help a cancer patient resolve these issues and enable him or her to communicate more effectively with family members, co-workers, friends and others.
At Moffitt Cancer Center, we offer a full range of speech and language services provided by a multispecialty team of professionals with advanced degrees and certificates of clinical competency. Our speech pathologists work closely with head and neck surgeons, radiation oncologists and other specialists to develop an individualized treatment plan and ensure the best possible approach for each patient.
Moffitt’s highly advanced speech and language pathology services can assist with:
- Voice and speech evaluation and treatment – This includes videostroboscopy, Passy Muir speaking valve (PMV) assessment, vocal cord dysfunction (VCD) evaluation and treatment, Lee Silverman voice therapy (LSVT LOUD)® and vocal cord paralysis evaluation.
- Total laryngectomy evaluation and treatment – This includes laryngectomy pre- and postoperative consultations, tracheoesophageal voice prosthesis (TEP) evaluation and revision and electrolarynx speech training.
- Swallowing difficulties (dysphagia) – This includes speech/language evaluation and treatment for persons with impairment in expressive or receptive language or cognition due to stroke or brain cancer.
To make an appointment or learn more about the speech and language pathology and other cancer rehabilitation services available at Moffitt, call 1-888-663-3488 or complete a new patient registration form online. We schedule patient appointments for Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and an order must be received prior to your appointment.