Journal of Clinical and Investigative Surgery
Bogdan Popescu1,2, Roxana Ionescu1, Irina Doinița Oașă1, Serban Vifor Gabriel Bertesteanu1,2, Cristian Balalau1,3, Razvan V. Scaunasu1,4, Mircea Denis Lupușoru1
1Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest, Romania
2Coltea Clinical Hospital, ENT Department, Bucharest, Romania
3St. Pantelimon Emergency Hospital, Department of General Surgery, Bucharest, Romania
4Coltea Clinical Hospital, Department of General Surgery, Bucharest, Romania
Laryngeal cancer continues to raise challenges for specialists all over the world even if there has been improvement in its diagnosis, therapeutic options and comprehensive view of the malignant tumor process. The decision of the oncological committee is not subject to the preferences of the patient, since in terms of therapy, this is the role of the specialist treating the patient. It is very important that the patient should know the implications of total surgery and that the patient has a poorer quality of life after total laryngectomy. The quality of life of these patients has been assessed by means of European quality of life questionnaires in terms of physical status and symptoms, social integration and psycho-emotional status. The absence of voice, the impairment in swallowing, the esthetic impairment, the family and social reintegration need to be addressed by the oncological team so that the quality of life of these patients be at optimal levels. The specific questionnaires for the quality of life evaluation need to be used for any patient with laryngeal cancer and key points need to be addressed individually to meet each patient's expectations.