LIVE WEBINAR: The Evolving Swallow: Managing the Effects of Surgery, Chemo, and Radiation (0918-003)
Carolina Speech Pathology

LIVE WEBINAR: The Evolving Swallow: Managing the Effects of Surgery, Chemo, and Radiation (0918-003)

Sale price $65.00 Regular price $75.00

Date: October 11, 2018 | 1PM - 3PM (EST)

Purpose: For SLPs who treat head and neck cancer patients, treating dysphagia is often an evolutionary battle that starts before patients undergo cancer treatment and persists long after patients have received their final cancer treatments. The clinician’s greatest challenge is understanding, preparing the patient for, and addressing the cancer treatment’s extensive list of short and long-term effects on the patient’s swallow function. This webinar will highlight the most current, evidence-based practices for providing effective, patient-centered dysphagia interventions in the head and neck cancer patient population.

About the Instructor: This course is taught by Megan Nosol, M.S.Ed., M.S., CCC-SLP. Megan is currently a Speech-Language Pathologist at STEPS for Recovery Outpatient Clinic in Cary, North Carolina. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2013 and has treated head and neck cancer-induced dysphagia patients in various adult medical settings. She is the co-founder of the ARK-J Program Trismus Intervention Certification Course, creator of the patient and caregiver resource website, and is the Vice President of Research and Development for a non-profit organization serving laryngectomees and their families, Lary’s Speakeasy. She was a guest on the Swallow Your Pride Podcast for the episode, “The ABCs of HNC: Important Considerations for Your Patient with Head and Neck Cancer.” Megan’s strong research background and additional pre-medicine coursework have been valuable in training other clinicians to effectively manage the side effects of cancer treatments on the swallow function.


$65 until 9/20/18

$75 beginning 9/21/18 until registration closes on 10/10/18 at 5PM 

*Group Rates are available for groups of 10 or more (must take the course together at same location). Email for details.

This course is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs (2 hours), Intermediate Level, Professional Area.


Learning Objectives:

  • Interpret pertinent cancer treatment information during medical chart review.
  • Describe Radiation Fibrosis Syndrome, how it differs from fibrotic scars, and the rehabilitation principles for treating a radiation-induced dysphagia patient.
  • List clinical swallowing assessment tools and resources appropriate for head and neck cancer patients.
  • Identify dysphagia interventions for head and neck cancer patients most supported by current research in the field of SLP and cancer rehabilitation.
  • List appropriate multi-disciplinary referrals relevant to function and quality of life for head and neck cancer patients with dysphagia based the latest American Cancer Society Head and Neck Cancer Survivorship Care Guidelines.



9:00-9:20           The Importance of the HNC Patient Medical Chart Review
9:20-9:50           Radiation Fibrosis Syndrome’s Impact on Dysphagia Rehabilitation
9:50-10:10         Assessing the HNC Patient’s Swallow Function
10:10-10:30      “Evidence-based” HNC Dysphagia Interventions
10:30-10:45       The “Whole-System Approach” to HNC Patients
10:45-11:00       Summary and Questions


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