This conference is designed to provide participants with information regarding the detailed disease process and medical management of head and neck cancer. Physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and nursing are often required to address the functional limitations and medical management of these diagnoses. Functional limitations can include, but are not limited to: difficulty with driving due to limited shoulder and neck range of motion, balance deficits due to chemotherapy, difficulty with activities of daily living, difficulty swallowing, difficulty navigating steps in their home, or difficulty managing their lymphedema. In addition, this conference will allow participants to summarize the implications and contraindications for therapeutic interventions, evaluation tools including outcome measures, and treatment techniques used in the rehabilitation of patients with head and neck cancer. With all of the new aforementioned information, participants will be able to apply problem solving strategies with the expertise of medical professionals on a panel.
This conference will allow further insight into medical management and the physiology behind the diseases, allowing physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, and nurses in attendance to gain a better understanding of the condition they are treating. In addition, they are better able to provide education to their patients improve their quality of life