Objectives: We evaluated psychological symptoms
of patients who underwent partial or total laryngectomy
for larynx cancer.
Patients and Methods: The study included 63
patients who underwent total (n=41) or partial (n=22)
laryngectomy. The control group consisted of 20
healthy individuals with similar gender, age, and
sociocultural characteristics. During the postoperative
follow-up, the psychological symptom distribution
of the patients was assessed with the Symptom
Results: The SCL-90-R inventory was administered at
a mean of 20.6 months (range 10 to 86 months) postoperatively.
Patients with total laryngectomy had significantly
higher scores than the controls in the subscales of interpersonal sensitivity, depression, anger-hostility,
phobic anxiety, and global symptom index (p<0.05).
Partial laryngectomy patients exhibited lower scores
than total laryngectomy patients, and higher scores than
the control group. The only significant difference
between partial laryngectomy patients and the control
group was in the subscale of anger-hostility (p<0.05).
Conclusion: Patients with laryngeal cancer should
be given postoperative psychological support to minimize adverse effects of total or partial laryngectomy.
FREE FULL TEXTAnahtar Kelimeler: Larengeal neoplaziler; larenjektomi; psikolojik testler.