Posted by Sarah Schuman, M.S. CCC-SLP on 10/10/2019 to Head & Neck Cancer, Radiation Therapy
When is it best to start trismus therapy? Treatment for head and neck cancer may cause trismus, xerostomia and dysphagia negatively impacting a patient's quality of life (QOL). A new study, Effects of jaw exercise intervention timing on outcomes following oral and oralpharyngeal cancer surgery: Pilot study (, , , et al, 2019), looks at the optimal timing for exercise initiation post-operatively in HNC patients. Initial findings suggest early exercise intervention has a positive effect on some QOL measures!