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Head & Neck Cancer – A Community of Support and Education

head and neck pain

Posted on: August 18, 2017 by Clinicians Editor

Head and neck cancer is the collective term for cancers that start in the tissues and organs of the head and neck, such as the throat, lips , tongue, mouth, salivary glands, larynx (voicebox) and nasal cavity. Treatment typically consists of surgery, radiation and/or chemotherapy, all of which can result in other health issues.

Speech-language pathologists at Sheltering Arms began offering specialized care for individuals experiencing the side effects of head and neck cancer treatment. Therapy services include evaluations, exercises, and the use of special equipment if necessary to help patients return to eating, improve quality of life, and avoid complications such as pneumonia or further hospitalization. They have also developed a support and education group.

“Cancer can be an isolating experience, particularly when two of the most vital human functions – eating and communicating – are affected,” says Brittany Davis, speech-language pathologist at Sheltering Arms. “We’ve developed this group to offer opportunities for socialization and education, along with a community of support and understanding.”

Head & Neck Cancer Support Group

The group meets the second Wednesday of every month from 6-7:00 p.m.

Dates for 2018 are:
January 10
February 21*
March 14
April 11
May 9
June 13
July 11
August 8
September 12
October 10
November 14
December 12

*change in date due to holiday

Sheltering Arms Hospital Hanover
8254 Atlee Road
Mechanicsville, VA 23116

• Radiation/chemo side effects
• Coping
• Energy and Drive
• Nutrition
New attendees are welcome at each session! Registration is not required.

Questions? Call (804) 764-5278Call: (804) 764-5278, or contact a group leader by email:

Brittany Davis, M.Ed., CCC-SLP

Keri Cullen, M.Ed., CCC-SLP