Clinical Practice (assessment, diagnosis, treatment, knowledge translation/EBP, implementation science, program development)
Approximately 30,000 head and neck cancers (HNC) are diagnosed annually in the United States, accounting for 6 percent of all malignancies. With medical advances, the life span of these patients is increasing. Oncology-related complications are becoming more prevalent and can significantly affect function and quality of life. Multi-disciplinary rehabilitation management can improve outcomes for this patient population but its benefits are poorly understood. This course will provide current evidence-based information about HNC medical diagnosis and treatment. Comprehensive and innovative rehabilitation strategies for assessment and treatment will be presented with a focus on maximizing outcomes using a team approach.