Objectives: To evaluate quality of life of the patients undergone
a surgical treatment for larynx cancer and to compare
quality of life between patients with total laryngectomy and
Patients and Methods: Thirty-two questions were asked to
patients, who underwent total laryngectomy (22 subjects) or
who underwent partial laryngectomy (24 subjects). These
questions were based on the European Organization for
Research on Treatment of Cancer questionnaires Quality of
Life - C30 (EORTC-QoL-C30) and adapted to our nation.
Patients with total laryngectomy and those with partial larngectomy
were compared according to the answers.
Results: We found significant statistical differences between
total and partial laryngectomy patients in 12 questions. When
functional disorders were evaluated, the most significant was
one associated with communication. However, pain, smell disorders
and increased secretion belonged to morbidity that rised
in relation to psycologic and social life. It was observed that
patients with total laryngectomy were particularly affected psycologically
Conclusion: Patients, who underwent total laryngectomy, live
densely physical and psyco-social disadvantages that arise from the
treatment. In order to establish these negative effects and to minimize
them tools of assesment of quality of life should be developed.
This assessment should be appropriate to our nation, providing information
and psycological support for individuals and their families,
who have psyco-social and economical disadvantages that arise
from the disease and the treatment.
FREE FULL TEXTAnahtar Kelimeler: Larenks neoplazileri/psikoloji/tedavi; ameliyatsonrası komplikasyon; yaşam kalitesi; soru formları; kendinideğerlendirme (psikoloji).