Protect your health and minimize the side effects of head and neck cancer treatments with speech therapy services at Stamford Health’s Bennett Cancer Center.
Specialized Speech Therapy
If you’re receiving cancer treatments, you’ll work closely with a speech-language pathologist (SLP) to determine the best head and neck exercises and schedule for you. Your schedule may expect you to complete five to 10 repetitions of each exercise, three times per day, seven days a week while you’re undergoing chemoradiation therapy.
When performing these exercises, be sure to:
- Sit upright in a chair
- Maintain good posture
- Use a mirror or a friend to help monitor your performance
- Take breaks to rinse your mouth and rest as needed
Try to make your exercises fun and incorporate them into your daily activities as you can. Consider completing them while waiting at a red light or while watching your favorite television series.
Stop any exercise immediately if you feel new discomfort. Notify your speech-language pathologist or doctor.
Prevent Delayed Treatment Side Effects
After you complete chemoradiation therapy, you’ll likely need to continue with five to 10 repetitions of each exercise, once a day, two or three times per week. When you continue performing your exercises, you help prevent delayed side effects of treatment so that you can enjoy a lifetime of eating and drinking without restriction.