Comprehensive Treatment of Head and Neck Cancer Patients


This comprehensive one-day seminar is designed to address
the clinical management of patients with, and survivors of, Head and Neck Cancer.  We will include lectures, interactive
educational sessions and lab activities to obtain competency in the treatment
of HNL (head and neck lymphedema), fibrosis, an understanding of the impact of
difficulty with swallowing (dysphagia and will include interdisciplinary

The after effects of Head and Neck Cancer treatment are
confining and have a huge impact on comfort and patient function that can lead
to debilitation if not aggressively and quickly 
treated. The fibrosis, structural changes, dysphagia, speech changes,
lymphedema, soft tissue impairment and psychosocial implications of
disfigurement are huge challenges that are often under-addressed.  Theses impairments can be appropriately
treated by all allied health disciplines with specific techniques.  A multi-disciplinary approach is optimal for
treating this population.   This course will provide the
anatomy and physiology of the head and neck, education in the clinical
treatment of head and neck cancer and the treatment options to allow effective
practical application of the therapeutic techniques that patients are often in
desperate need of.

This course will allow participants to create and
administer an appropriate treatment plan for patients with or survivors of head
and neck cancer.  A broad view will allow
for appropriate multi-disciplinary involvement of all disciplines to restore as
close to prior level of function as possible, in the physical, mental, social
and psychological realms.


the basic anatomy and physiology of the head and neck structurally and in light
of the lymphatic, fascial and venous systems.

the most common risk factors of head and neck cancer, the epidemic shift in
incidence since 2010, treatment options, side effects, and their functional

will learn to identify indications and contraindications for therapeutic
intervention and precautions when dealing with the special treatment challenges
in working with this population. Demonstrate general comfort with soft tissue
mobilization for restrictions around the larynx and pharynx

what lymphedema is and how it is caused. 
Learn manual lymphatic techniques to treat head and neck edema within
each participant
s scope of practice. 

to differentiate between normal post-operative edema and lymphedema involving
the head and neck by obtaining knowledge of the signs and symptoms of the

the effects of head and neck cancer pathology and treatment on the lymphatic,
integumentary, digestive system, and on communication, and psychosocial

to instruct an appropriate exercise program to address edema, soft tissue
restriction and ROM.

proficiency in basic techniques to reduce edema of the head and neck in order
to improve communication and swallowing. These include:

Lymph Drainage techniques, including intra-oral

strategies for the head and neck

including intra-oral work

of the head and neck

able to name surgical and radiation therapy effects that lead to fibrosis,
limited ROM, auditory congestion, edema and scarring of the head and neck.

appropriate scales to assess fibrosis, edema and scarring of the head and neck

able to instruct patient in edema risk reduction precautions and in the tools
to manage self-care

the unique treatment challenges associated with patients with lymphedema of the
head and neck discussing nutritional needs and artificial voice.

basic proficiency in assessment and development of a basic treatment plan for a
patient with head and neck edema with manual and compressive techniques when

real case studies for a patient with head and neck lymphedema and perform an
appropriate treatment session for a like patient.

the importance of a multi-disciplinary approach in the diagnosis and management
of patients with head and neck cancers and subsequent lymphedema.


Friday March 31st, 2017 - Friday March 31st, 2017

Framingham, MA


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