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Quality of life in laryngectomees: a post-treatment comparison of laryngectomy alone versus combined therapy

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Vinidh Paleri, Anthony Hildreth


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Patients with advanced and recurrent laryngeal and hypopharyngeal cancer often need combined therapy. which is associated with greater morbidity than single modality treatment. The aim of this study was to assess the quality of life in laryngectomees and Is assess whether differences exist between the irradiated and the non-irradiated patients. The University of Michigan Head and Neck Quality of Life questionnaire, a validated instrument for assessing the head and neck cancer related functional status and well-being, was used for this purpose. Subjects for the study included patients who had undergone total laryngectomy for laryngeal or hypophyarngeal squamous cancer. No significant difference between the groups was evident in the various domain scores, although a trend towards higher scores was seen in the combined therapy group. This study suggests that long-term side effects induced by radiotherapy do not adversely affect the quality of life in laryngectomised patients.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Paleri V, Stafford FW, Leontsinis TG, Hildreth AJ

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Laryngology and Otology

Year: 2001

Volume: 115

Issue: 6

Pages: 450-454

ISSN (print): 0022-2151

ISSN (electronic): 1748-5460

Publisher: Cambridge University Press