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Rehabilitation Program

Head and neck cancers and their treatments may impact a patient’s ability to eat and/or communicate. Many patients will benefit from speech and swallowing therapy to either address or prevent problems with communication and swallowing. Our head and neck cancer team includes expert speech-language pathologists (SLP’s) with specialized interest in the management of communication and swallowing disorders associated with head and neck cancer.  Our goal is to preserve and optimize function and quality of life for all of our patients.

If you are diagnosed with head and neck cancer, you can expect to meet with a SLP before starting your treatment as well as during and after your treatment. Your comprehensive care plan will include evaluation of your current speech and swallowing function, education about changes you may experience during and after treatment, and a personalized therapy plan.



Swallowing and speech rehabilitation for head and neck cancer

Nutrition for head and neck cancer

Support Groups

Heather Starmer, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S
Director of Head and Neck Speech and Swallowing Rehabilitation at the Stanford Cancer Center

Jennifer Kizner, MEd, CCC-SLP, BCS-S
Clinical Specialist