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COMPREHENSIVE TREATMENT OF HEAD AND NECK CANCER PATIENTS

Description:

This comprehensive one-day seminar is designed to address the clinical management of patients with, and survivors of, Head and Neck Cancer. We will hold interactive educational sessions and lab activities to obtain competency in the treatment of HNL (head and neck lymphedema), fibrosis, an understand-ing 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, which 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, yet the NIH oncol-ogy frameworks outlines the expectation that the rehab team addresses these issue. Theses impair-ments 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.

Objectives
1. By the end of the course, attendees will be able to explain the basic anatomy and physiology of the head and neck structurally and in light of the lymphatic, fascial, and venous systems.
2. By the end of the course, attendees will be able to 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.
3. By the end of the course, attendees will be able to identify indications and contraindications for therapeutic intervention and precautions when dealing with the special treatment challenges in work-ing with this population.
4. By the end of the course, attendees will be able to demonstrate general comfort with soft tissue mobilization for restrictions around the larynx and pharynx.
5. By the end of the course, attendees will understand what lymphedema is and how it is caused.
6. By the end of the course, attendees will be able to perform manual lymphatic techniques to treat head and neck edema within each participant’s scope of practice.
7. By the end of the course, attendees will be able to differentiate between normal post-operative edema and lymphedema involving the head and neck by obtaining knowledge of the signs and symp-toms of the latter.
8. By the end of the course, attendees will be able to describe the effects of head and neck cancer pa-thology and treatment on the lymphatic, integumentary, digestive system, and on communication, and psychosocial health.
9. By the end of the course, attendees will be able to instruct an appropriate exercise program to ad-dress edema, soft tissue restriction and ROM.
10. By the end of the course, attendees will be able to demonstrate proficiency in basic techniques to reduce edema of the head and neck in order to improve communication and swallowing, including:
Manual Lymph Drainage techniques, including intra-oral 
Compression strategies for the head and neck
• Exercise, including intra-oral work
• Kinesio-taping of the head and neck
11. By the end of the course, attendees will 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.
12. By the end of the course, attendees will be able to interpret appropriate scales to assess fibrosis, edema, and scarring of the head and neck.
13. By the end of the course, attendees will be able to instruct patient in edema risk reduction precau-tions and in the tools to manage self-care.

Dates:

Friday September 13th, 2019 - Friday September 13th, 2019

Location:
Concord, NH
Price:

$198.00

Contact Information:

carmenrecupero@ilwti.com