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Head and Neck Cancer and Speech Changes

Head and Neck Cancer and Speech Changes

The University of Washington SPEAC Lab is inviting individuals who have experienced changes to their speech and/or voice due to any type of head and neck cancer to answer survey questions about their communication experiences. We ask participants to nominate at least one family member, friend, or coworker to also answer survey questions about their own experiences. Your participation will help healthcare providers support people with head and neck cancer and the important people in their lives to stay connected through communication. This is an online survey study that will take about 30-45 minutes (we can mail a paper survey instead if you prefer). People with head and neck cancer and their family / friends will complete SEPARATE surveys, and data are not shared between participants. This study is open to anyone in the U.S.

Each participant will be mailed a $25 check upon survey completion.

To participate, click ‘Begin Study’ at one of the following options:

This study is for people who have had head and neck cancer, but have NOT had a total laryngectomy. If this fits you, click here: https://sites.uw.edu/speaclab/staying-connected-study/hnc/

If you have had a total laryngectomy, please see our related study here: https://sites.uw.edu/speaclab/staying-connected-study/total-laryngectomy/

The person with head and neck cancer needs to start first and then nominate their family member / friend / coworker to participate.

For questions, please contact: speaclab@uw.edu or 206-221-3563

Thank you for your help! We appreciate your time helping to shape future care for people with head and neck cancer and their loved ones.

Participant Eligibility

Has speech and/or voice changes due to head and neck cancer
Lives in the US
Able to complete questionnaires about their experiences communicating with other people
Able to complete questionnaires in English
Has at least 1 family member, friend, or coworker who agrees to also participate in the study to complete their own questionnaires
Lives in the community (not a nursing home)
Age 18 years or older


Carolyn Baylor
(206) 221-3563

Additional Study Details

Full Study Title
Staying Connected through Communication for people with Head and Neck Cancer

Study ID: STUDY00012675
Start Date: 02/24/2021
End Date: 12/31/2024

Carolyn Baylor
Tanya Meyer
Tanya Eadie
Ivan Molton

Accepts Healthy Volunteers?

Study Site(s)

University of Washington

1959 NE Pacific Box 356490
Seattle, Washington 98195


Use the link below to send a message to the study coordinator, or call the number above to speak directly with a study representative.

I am interested in this research study.