Speech and language therapy

Some cancers or cancer treatments can make it more difficult to communicate with people. For example, your speech may sound slurred and unclear, or your voice may sound weak or hoarse

Other difficulties you may experience include muddling words when speaking, or finding it difficult to read or write.

A speech and language therapist (SLT) can help you find the best ways to communicate with family, friends and staff. A clinical psychologist can also help assess and advise on managing memory problems.

Difficulties with swallowing can be caused by cancer or its treatment. After assessing how you swallow, SLTs are able to offer practical help with your particular swallowing difficulties.

SLTs at The Royal Marsden are experienced in the assessment and treatment of a wide range of communication, voice and swallowing disorders.

SLTs are available to treat children and young people.

How can I see a SLT?

If you have a communication difficulty, you can contact a speech and language therapist directly or ask a member of staff to refer you.

If you have a swallowing difficulty, your doctor will need to refer you to the department. Unfortunately, the therapists are unable to see patients for advice that is unrelated to cancer treatment.

The Speech and Language Therapy department is open Monday to Friday, excluding bank holidays, between 8.30am-4.30pm.

Chelsea: 020 7808 2815
Sutton: 020 8661 3038

Useful links

Macmillan cancer information

National Association of Laryngectomee Clubs