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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Cory L Atkinson, BM (voice), MA, CCC-SLP(Northwestern University)
Description: This is a practical guide, both for reference and instruction, to comprehensive care for patients with head and neck cancer.
Purpose: The book aims to educate team members on the most current trends in the treatment and rehabilitation of head and neck cancer, always mindful of the goal of optimizing quality of life outcome. It is a unique contribution on this topic, and well realized through text, illustrations, and the accompanying CD-ROM.
Audience: This guide could be useful for students of speech pathology as well as practicing SLP clinicians looking to expand their knowledge about working with this patient population.
Features: All the multidisciplinary topics surrounding head and neck cancer (HNCA) treatment and rehabilitation are covered. These range from the biology and physiology of HNCA, current surgical and nonsurgical management approaches, and comprehensive rehabilitation techniques for swallowing and speech, as well as more traditionally unfamiliar areas of olfaction and pulmonary function. The accompanying CD-ROM nicely complements the text and illustrations with audio, video, and MBS/FEES examples.
Assessment: This is the first book I have seen that is geared primarily to speech pathologists devoted specifically to this population.