Speech and language therapy services to help patients with cancer-related speech, language, voice and swallowing changes.
Rehabilitation has many benefits: It can help manage various cancer-related symptoms and side effects such as pain, lymphedema, fatigue and changes in thinking, memory, speech, language, voice quality and mobility.
The Rehabilitation Oncology program consists of a team of rehabilitation specialists including occupational therapists, physiotherapists, a physiatrist and speech and language therapists. Services vary per location, however many services may be accessed through virtual care (e.g. phone, Zoom, Telehealth):
- Cross Cancer Institute (CCI) in Edmonton: Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Speech & Language Therapy
- Grande Prairie Cancer Centre: Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Speech Language Pathology
- Holy Cross Centre in Calgary: Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Physiatry. Physiatrists are medical doctors specializing in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
- Jack Ady Cancer Centre in Lethbridge: Physiotherapy
- Tom Baker Cancer Centre (TBCC): Speech & Language Therapy
The Speech and Language Pathologists/ Therapists provide assessment and treatment of issues and changes caused by cancer treatment including:
Assessments may include instrumental assessments (may include Modified Barium Swallowing Studies, Videofluoroscopic Swallowing Studies or Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing).
Assessment and treatments are offered in in-person, groups settings and virtually (through phone and online platforms like Zoom and Telehealth).
Depending on the site/ location, SLP services are provided in/ out of the hospital centre (inpatient/outpatient), and in the community (ambulatory/ outpatient care).
Your doctor will get a written report after your assessment.
For more information, please visit: Cancer Care Alberta: Rehabilitation Oncology