Hands-On Experience Brings Life To Speech Pathology

A cancer diagnosis can be devastating for anyone. The side effects that come with the disease only make it harder to live a healthy, normal life. In some cases, this includes cancer patients losing their voices during treatments. One group at Orlando Health is bringing light to this lifestyle. Graduate students at the University of Central Florida are getting hands on experience through this speech pathology program.

"The New Voice Club of Orlando" helps laryngectomy patients as well as their families. Group members meet the fourth Wednesday of every month for an hour and a half, discussing what it is like to go through this experience. Meetings also include a guest speaker that allows members to ask questions about life as a laryngectomee. Now, speech pathology graduate students at UCF are working with these patients to more fully understand laryngectomy surgery and the after-effects.

During these meetings, many patients share their stories about successful rehabilitation. These moments give life to the realities that graduate students read about in textbooks.

This support group is held at the UFHealth Cancer Center at Orlando Health.

For more information about this group, call 321-841-8726.

Story by Melissa Murray.

Photo courtesy of UFHealth.org.

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