|Issue Focus: Cancer Care and the SLP
|Access SLP Health Care addresses the specific needs of speech-language pathologists working in health care.
Access documentation templates, which are intended for use in electronic medical records but can be modified for paper use. ASHA members are not required to use these templates and may modify or combine information as appropriate for their respective facilities and patient populations. The templates are provided as a resource only and do not represent ASHA policy. To request customizable templates in Word format, email firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the SLP’s role in palliative care in head and neck cancer?
The pattern of functional decline in individuals at the end of life varies, depending on a person's diagnosis. SLPs need to understand the process of dying in order to understand the emotional and psychological issues faced by their patients and patients' family members. The wishes of the patient and family are paramount when considering end-of-life issues, and the role of the SLP extends only as far as the patient or family wishes. Patients and caregivers may not agree with clinical recommendations and may feel that these recommendations do not provide the best quality of life for their loved one. For additional information, see ASHA's resource on end-of-life issues in speech-language pathology
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