Evaluation of speech outcomes following treatment of oral and oropharyngeal cancers

Raghav C. Dwivedi, Rehan A. Kazi, Nishant Agrawal, Christopher M. Nutting, Peter M. Clarke, Cyrus J. Kerawala, Peter H. Rhys-Evans, Kevin J. Harrington

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Oral and oropharyngeal cancers are amongst the commonest cancers worldwide and present a major health problem. Owing to their critical anatomical location and complex physiologic functions, the treatment of oral and oropharyngeal cancers often affects important functions, including speech. The importance of speech in a patient's life can not be overemphasized, as its loss is often associated with severe functional and psychosocial problems and a poor quality of life. A thorough understanding of the speech problems that are faced by these patients and their timely management is the key to providing a better functional quality of life, which must be one of the major goals of modern oncologic practice. This review summarises key methods of evaluation and outcome of speech functions in the literature on oral and oropharyngeal cancer published between January 2000 and December 2008. Speech has been generally overlooked and poorly investigated in this group of patients. This review is an attempt to fill this gap by conducting the first speech-specific review for oral and oropharyngeal cancer patients. We have proposed guidelines for better understanding and management of speech problems faced by these patients in their day-to-day life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)417-424
Number of pages8
JournalCancer Treatment Reviews
Issue number5
StatePublished - Aug 2009


  • Acoustic evaluation
  • Oral cancer
  • Oropharyngeal cancer
  • Perceptual evaluation
  • Questionnaire evaluation
  • Speech

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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