Klaske van Sluis, PhD candidate at the ACLC and Speech Language Pathologist at the Netherlands Cancer Institute Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital, is the guest speaker at this *online* ACLC seminar on Friday 16 October 2020 from 16:15 till 17:30.
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Total laryngectomy – Exploring voice outcomes and functional issues
A total laryngectomy is an organ-sacrificing surgery which leads to lifelong consequences in anatomy and physiology of the body. During the total laryngectomy procedure, the larynx is removed, which leads to a loss of the natural voice. Klaske van Sluis is a PhD-student affiliated with the ACLC and The Netherlands Cancer Institute. She will present the work incorporated in het PhD thesis. Within various projects, Klaske evaluated voice and speech outcomes as well as functional issues which occur after total laryngectomy. What are the verbal communication options of these patients? How do they function in daily life? Her thesis includes a prospective cohort of patients who are assessed during the first year of rehabilitation. Next to this she has held in-depth interviews with female patients about their experiences of living with a total laryngectomy. The results provide insight into communicative functioning and rehabilitation needs after this major surgery. Her research projects help clinicians understand outcomes and work towards improvement in the rehabilitation after total laryngectomy. During the ACLC lecture, Klaske will present highlights from her PhD thesis.