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Acquired Communication and Swallowing Difficulties in Patients with Primary Brain Tumours

Helen White

in Palliative Care Consultations in Primary and Metastatic Brain Tumours

Published in print July 2004 | ISBN: 9780198528074
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730382 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198528074.003.0007

Series: Palliative Care Consultations

Acquired Communication and Swallowing Difficulties in Patients with Primary Brain Tumours

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This chapter examines some of the issues involved for those people diagnosed with a primary brain tumour who have developed swallowing and/or communication difficulties. Cancer is a multifaceted disease that requires involvement of several professionals and specialists. Patients with a primary brain tumour often acquire communication and swallowing difficulties, and recognition and palliation of such symptoms can be best addressed by a specialist speech and language therapist. The chapter focuses on the roles of speech and language therapists in a multi-professional neuro-oncology team. It does not cover the speech and language therapy management of paediatric tumours, nor does it provide detailed definitions and descriptions of speech, swallowing, and language disorders.

Keywords: primary brain tumour; swallowing difficulties; communication difficulties; communication; swallowing; specialist speech therapist; language therapist; speech

Chapter.  6747 words. 

Subjects: palliative medicine

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