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Korean Journal of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery > Volume 39(5); 1996 > Article
Korean Journal of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery 1996;39(5): 837-47.
Assessment of Quality of Life in Laryngectomees
Kang Pyo Hong, MD, Sun Ho Chang, MD, Kwang Soo Kim, MD, Ki Hwan Kim, MD, Cheol Kyu Park, MD, Byung Don Lee, MD, Hyuck Soon Chang, MD, and Ju Won Kang, MD
Department of Otolaryngology, College of Medicine, Soonchunhyang University, Seoul, Korea
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홍강표 · 장선호 · 김광수 · 김기환 · 박철규 · 이병돈 · 장혁순 · 강주원
순천향대학교 의과대학 이비인후과학교실

Improved surgical techniques and adjunctive therapeutic measures are producing more longterm suvivors of head and neck cancers. But every person who develops a malignant disease will be greatly affected in many respects, including physical and mental health, social activities and other factors. This is particularly true for tumors in the regions of the head and neck. In these patients the normal way of life is threatened not only by the fear of death from cancer but also by the risk of deformities caused by the tomor or its treatment and the effects of the disease on the voice, speech, swallowing and vision. The treatment, which may consist of surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy or a combiantion of these methods, may also have serious side effects and complications. In order to provide siggestion for developing and improving QOL, we have used interviews and questionnaire to study 53 laryngectomees. The scale for this instrument consisted of 19 items, covering 4 factors : ""physical state and function"", ""family relationships"", ""social function"", ""mental function"". We also conclude that the measurement of QOL in laryngectomees of vital importance in determining optimal treatment and that further studies in this area are indicated.

Keywords: Quality of LifeLaryngectomees.
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