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Speech Pathology

Barbara Ebersole, the director of speech pathology at Fox Chase, works with a team of speech therapists to offer advanced diagnostic and therapeutic interventions to patients.Barbara Ebersole, the director of speech pathology at Fox Chase, works with a team of speech therapists to offer advanced diagnostic and therapeutic interventions to patients.

If you have a diagnosis of cancer, especially head and neck cancer, you will have the opportunity to work with a speech pathologist at every stage of your treatment. Our team of academic therapists will evaluate your current level of speech and swallowing function, educate you about changes you may experience to these functions during and after treatment, and design a personalized rehabilitation plan for you to maximize functional outcomes.

Our Speech Pathology Department offers advanced diagnostic and therapeutic interventions related to vocal pathologies, voice rehabilitation, oral motor and speech dysfunctions, trismus (reduced mouth opening caused by surgery or treatment) and dysphagia (difficulty swallowing),  performed by speech pathologists with specialized training in head and neck cancer rehabilitation.

Our program also offers the latest voice restoration techniques including management of tracheoesophageal puncture (TEP) prosthesis. We also provide expert training for effective utilization of an artificial larynx and for proficient acquisition of esophageal speech.