[Supracricoid partial laryngectomy: quality of life assessment].
ABSTRACT To assess quality of life in patients diagnosed with epidermoid carcinoma of the larynx, after supracricoid partial laryngectomy (SCPL). To examine how quality-of-life may be associated to the treatment received.
A descriptive, observational, cross-sectional study was conducted involving 32 patients out of a group of 57. They were all males with an average age of 63.3 years at the time of the interview. We used the disease-specific quality of life questionnaire devised by the University of Michigan: the Head and Neck Cancer-specific Quality of life instrument (HNQOL).
During an average follow-up period of 86 months, 3 patients (5.26%) suffered a recurrence. Estimated survival after 3, 5 and 10 years was 94.73%. Communication and overall bother caused by treatment were found to be the two quality-of-life domains mainly affected. Patients who had received CHP, radiotherapy, those who had not had their tracheal cannula removed or had undergone neck dissection were the most affected.
SCPL as a surgical technique allows good control of the condition and has a low impact on the patient's quality of life.