An event has been organised in collaboration with an ex-member of staff at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to assist with speech recovery in laryngectomy patients.
Dr Thomas Moors is the Director of Shout at Cancer and started the charity when he was a junior doctor at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals.
Shout at Cancer is a newly founded charity dedicated to helping people rebuild their lives after laryngectomy (the surgical removal of the voice box, usually performed in patients with highly developed stages of throat cancer).
The psychosocial impact of losing the voice is significant, affecting a person's professional and social life in a devastating way. It should be no surprise that patients often fall prey to social isolation and depression. A problem they face when they do go out is the negative perception which is mostly based on a lack of public education around this topic.
The changes following treatment to the structures involved in phonation introduce substantial challenges for cancer patients and can be experienced in speech after laryngectomy, radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy.
Regular exercise is important in controlling these structures and keeping them supple. It is however a difficult task for a speech therapist to keep the patient engaged and motivated to practise; and to give psychosocial support at the same time.
Together with Peter Johnson (The Repeat Beat Poet) and Bruce Edward, workshops have been developed around the spoken word to create a wide variety of exercises that are fun, interactive, maximize the intonation of the voice and help to express emotional distressing themes in life after laryngectomy.
The outcome of the Spoken Word Workshops has been translated into a narrative of testimonials and poetry to explain the landscape of life after laryngectomy to and engage with a broader audience.
The Outspoken Jazz Night, organised by Shout at Cancer and Peter Edwards Trio is in collaboration with The Repeat Beat Poet and Bruce Sherfield (Spoken word) featuring La Verne Williams (Soprano) and our participants who had their voice box surgically removed (Laryngectomy).
Dr Thomas Moors is the Director of Shout at Cancer and started the charity when he was a junior doctor at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals. He said: “It was thanks to the support from the ear, nose and throat and the speech therapy department in Royal Preston that I started with the use of singing, acting and beatboxing techniques in the speech recovery after laryngectomy. It all started here, and finally, after all these years, we’ll have our first concert here!”
“There’s more music in your voice than you think and our techniques and approach are allowing you to realise this. For this occasion we’ve used Spoken Word Workshops to explore how to control intonation better and express yourself about difficulties in life after laryngectomy in a welcoming and creative environment.”
The Outspoken Jazz Night will take place on Sunday 6th April at 2pm at Landmark (Crossgate Church). Tickets cost £5 and can be purchased from https://www.shoutatcancer.org/