What is Head and Neck Cancer?
Head and neck cancer can include that of the oral cavity (mouth, lips, gums, cheeks,
tongue, tonsils, and mouth floor), salivary glands, sinuses, nasal cavity and throat/pharynx,
larynx/voice box. If found early, these types of cancers are often curable; however,
the treatments may include surgery, radiation and chemo therapy, or even a combination.
How Can AAC Benefit Individuals with Head & Neck Cancer?
If you or a family member has recently undergone head or neck surgery, then you
understand how frustrating it can be not being able to communicate. Not every individual
is able to meet their communication goals, so they may still require additional
assistance through the use of AAC. Even for those that are making
satisfactory progress, and those that are good communicators, they may still need
various forms AAC when having difficulty expressing themselves in certain (i.e.
noisy, crowded) situations.
AAC is commonly used with various types of cancer & surgeries that include:
For individuals with head/neck cancer... an AAC device should:
- Support quick, easy and efficient interaction within larger groups of people, providing
a clear voice for noisy, crowded situations.
- Provide meaningful messages to communication partners. (at work, home or in the
- Encourage social interaction on a variety of platforms (in person, by phone, text
message, e-mail, and web)