Comprehensive Treatment of Head and Neck Cancer Patients-LAB Concentrated


This comprehensive one-day seminar is designed to address
the clinical management of patients with, and survivors of, Head and Neck
Cancer.  We will, 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 protocols.


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.





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

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

Students 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

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

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

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

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

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

Manual Lymph Drainage techniques, including

Compression strategies for the head and neck

Exercise, including intra-oral work

Kinesio-taping of the head and neck

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

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

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

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

Demonstrate 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 appropriate.

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

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


Friday September 22nd, 2017 - Friday September 22nd, 2017

Acton, MA


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