Issue N# 5 - 2006
Quality of life after oropharyngectomy
Authors : Breil L, Crépin H, Smadja M, Crevier-Buchman L. (Villenave d’Ornon, Paris)
Ref. : Rev Laryngol Otol Rhinol. 2006;127,5:305-314.
Article published in french
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Objective: The purpose of this study was to assess direct or non-direct links between functional abilities of the patient evaluated objectively and his quality of life after oropharyngectomy, a surgery capable of engendering bad functional outcomes. Methods: Praxies and speech were examined in 16 patients at 3, 6, 9 or 12 months after surgery and 2 self-evaluation questionnaires were proposed: One about health related quality of life of cancer patients (EORTC QLQ-C30 and H&N35) and, the other about oral communication handicap (VHI). Results and conclusion: A correlation between quality of life and objective functional abilities can not always be found. Self-evaluation questionnaires might be a complementary approach in order to guide management in patient care after oropharyngectomy.
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