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2013 Head and Neck Symposium

Hosted by the Department of Nursing at Massachusetts Eye and Ear, the Head and Neck Symposium provided physicians, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, social workers, and other health care professionals with an overview of the needs and challenges of patients with head and neck cancer. 

Speakers for the event included representatives from the areas of surgery, nursing, physical therapy and speech pathology. The discussion focused primarily on patients with head and neck cancer who have undergone significant surgical intervention, such as laryngectomy, neck dissections, and/or free graft reconstruction, and the postoperative alterations to head and neck anatomy. Speakers presented on the effects those alterations have on patients’ airway, speech and swallowing capabilities, as well as the advantages of a multidisciplinary approach in caring for these patients. Broader discussions ranging from diagnoses to surgical procedures and recognizing patient risks enabled attendees to promote positive outcomes for these patients.

The presentations included:

For more information, please download this pdf.

For further inquiries, please contact Melissa Carvalho at 617-391-5992 or send an email to