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Radiation Associated Dysphagia (RAD) Part 2: Evaluation & Management

presented by Kate Hutcheson, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

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Financial: Kate Hutcheson receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Kate Hutcheson has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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This course, with Dr. Kate Hutcheson, is the second of a two part series for speech language pathologists covering radiation associated dysphagia, or RAD. In this installment, Dr. Hutcheson begins by describing evidence-based methods for evaluating RAD in patients, as well as prevention strategies for RAD. The final chapter of the series details evidence based management strategies for RAD. The course concludes with a discussion of prevention and management of RAD with Dr. Robert Miller, from the University of Washington. This course is designed to help the practicing SLP prevent and/or minimize RAD and develop strategies for the treatment of persistent or late RAD.

Meet Your Instructor

Kate Hutcheson, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Kate A. Hutcheson, is an assistant professor in the Department of Head and Neck Surgery and associate director of research in the Section of Speech Pathology and Audiology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Hutcheson graduated magna cum laude from Baylor University. She earned a master of science in communication sciences…

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

1. Evaluation of Radiation Associated Dysphagia

In this chapter, Dr. Hutcheson reviews material from the first installment of the course series, describing the pathophysiology of RAD. She also elaborates on evidence-based evaluative tools for identifying the type and progression of RAD in head and neck cancer patients.

2. Prevention and Management of Radiation Associated Dysphagia

This chapter provides background and instruction on evidence-based management strategies for acute and late stage RAD. Approaches discussed include preventative therapy/supportive care, the baseline factors that influence management outcomes, and direct treatments such as exercise and device-driven therapies.

3. Question and Answer

Dr. Hutcheson interviews Dr. Robert Miller to discuss issues around RAD and it’s management. Topics include new directions of research, and emerging therapies, and clinical anecdotes.

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