Health-related quality of life five years after diagnosis of laryngeal carcinoma

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Health-related quality of life five years after diagnosis of laryngeal carcinoma
Author(s) Nordgren, Mats ; Abendstein, Helmut ; Ahlner Elmqvist, Marianne ; Jannert, Magnus ; Boysen, Morten ; Silander, Ewa ; Bjordal, Kristin ; Hammerlid, Eva
Date 2003
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PURPOSE: To evaluate the health-related quality of life (HRQL) of patients with laryngeal carcinoma in a prospective longitudinal multicenter study at diagnosis, after 1 and 5 years in relation to tumor location and treatment modality. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Eighty-six patients (mean age 66 years; 84% males) with laryngeal carcinoma were evaluated with standardized HRQL questionnaires: the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer, Quality of Life Questionnaire Core-30 (EORTC QLQ-C30), the EORTC QLQ-Head and Neck Cancer Module (EORTC QLQ-H&N35), and the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS). RESULTS: Some significant changes in HRQL were found between diagnosis and 5 years after diagnosis, depending on the treatment given. The patients' ability to speak improved whereas some general functions deteriorated and treatment-related side effects increased. When comparing HRQL at 1 and 5 years after diagnosis, it appears that most values at the 1-year follow-up assessment persist until 5 years, but a few deteriorate. The HRQL at diagnosis seems to be associated with survival rate after 5 years, and the global quality of life scale at diagnosis tends to predict HRQL after 5 years. CONCLUSIONS: The use of HRQL questionnaires is valuable when comparing different treatments and as an aid in predicting treatment side effects. Evaluation of HRQL at diagnosis for patients with laryngeal carcinoma seems to be of value for the prognosis of HRQL over time and for the prognosis of survival.
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Publisher Elsevier
Host/Issue International journal of radiation oncology, biology, physics;5
Volume 56
ISSN 0360-3016
Pages 1333-43
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Medicine
Research Subject Categories::MEDICINE
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