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Video-animation helps patients with head and neck cancer better understand their swallow prognosis

August 14, 2019

After hearing the words, “You have head and neck cancer,” it is not hard to believe that patients do not immediately think of the implications that treatment will likely have on their swallowing. SLPs serve an important role in pretreatment counseling to prepare these patients for the potential development of dysphagia during and post-treatment. Indeed, patients are often dealing with exhaustion, pain, poor appetite, financial stress, and the overwhelmingness of their diagnosis Govender et al. conducted a qualitative study to see if video-animation as an education tool (compared to a written handout or pamphlet) would be useful & acceptable for patients to understand swallowing and dysphagia…

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