Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Neck Dissection - Voice Change

I was diagnosed with squamous cell skin cancer with mets to my throat. I underwent neck dissection with one pos node found at mskcc in NYC. Because of the one node I did chemo and rads. However, after more than three months after treatment ended, I developed a voice about 5 octaves lower than normal with sore throat and extreme hair loss. I was a teacher and am trying to return to work, but at this point, could not talk all day. I had a recent pet scan and all is clear. There is some lymphedema under my chin. Thank you.

Melissa Kim M.S., CCC-SLP replies...

A change in vocal quality is a common side effect of radiation therapy to the neck, and in many cases there is some degree of permanent change in vocal quality and/ or pitch. However, there are any number of additional reasons as to why you may be experiencing these vocal symptoms, and an evaluation by an Ear, Nose, and Throat physician is certainly warranted.

Best of luck to you!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

10th Annual Voice Conference:

Advanced Topics in the Diagnosis and Treatment of 
Laryngeal Disorders Laryngeal Stroboscopy
in Clinical Practice with Hands-On Instruction
Friday & Saturday June 27 & 28, 2014

About the Program
This is a two-day program designed to educate otolaryngologists and speech-language
pathologists in advanced topics in the diagnosis and treatment of laryngeal disorders.
The conference will cover the fundamentals of laryngeal stroboscopy, including clinical
applications, diagnostic and clinical challenges with case study review in a team
approach. Specialized voice therapy techniques for a variety of vocal pathologies
including therapy for the performing voice. Hands-on instruction in both rigid
and flexible endoscopy will be provided.   

Program Objectives
By attending this program, participants will:
  • Discuss the fundamentals and limitations of the laryngeal stroboscopic examination.
  • Discuss differential diagnoses of laryngeal pathologies.
  • Discuss voice therapy techniques for a variety of vocal pathologies.
  • Discuss therapy interventions for the performing voice.
  • Discuss techniques and protocol performing for rigid and flexible endoscopy.
Please call Barbara Messing, M.A., CCC-SLP, BCS-S at 443-849-8451 for
questions regarding any of our upcoming conferences.