In the Supportive Care Program, patients have access to regulated Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP), who are able to provide specialized care in the areas of swallowing and total laryngectomy.
Our Speech-Language Pathologists have extensive training in swallowing assessment and rehabilitation for patients with cancer who are experiencing difficulty swallowing.
Our Speech-Language Pathologists also have specialized training to work with patients who have received total laryngectomy surgery. Speech-Language Pathologists can assist in pre-treatment education, as well as with the selection, application for funding and training with different methods of communication for post-surgery. One method of voice restoration offered to patients with total laryngectomy is the Tracheoesophageal Puncture (TEP) Voice Restoration system. Our Speech-Language Pathologists are trained in this method of voice restoration and are able to offer this service at the Northeast Cancer Centre.