Integrated rehabilitation after total laryngectomy: a pilot trial study

Lucia D'Alatri, Ylenia Longobardi, Vezio Savoia, Francesco Bussu, Luciana Morra, Giorgia Mari, Domenico Arturo Nesci, Claudio Parrilla

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BackgroundAcquisition and acceptance of the alaryngeal voice, psychological state, and Quality of Life (QoL) of laryngectomized patients.MethodsThirty-two patients who underwent total laryngectomy were included in the study; 17 of them were treated by a psychologist and a speech therapist (experimental group); 15 performed only speech therapy (control group).ResultsThe experimental group showed a significant improvement in all parameters of the INFVo scale, in the score of the Environment subscale and in the total score of the I-SECEL (Self-Evaluation of Communication Experiences after Laryngeal Cancer); in the Depression, Obsession-Compulsion and Paranoia areas of the SCL-90-R (Symptom Check List-90-Revised); and in the Social area (REL) of the WHOQOL-B (World Health Organization Quality of Life Scale-Brief).ConclusionsAn integrated rehabilitative approach to laryngectomized patients improves emotional state and psychosocial aspects and promotes acceptance and use of the new voice and recovery of a better quality of life.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3537-3544
Number of pages8
JournalSupportive Care in Cancer
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Communication
  • Diagnostic Self Evaluation
  • Esophageal speech
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Laryngeal Neoplasms
  • Laryngectomy
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pilot Projects
  • Psycho-oncology
  • Quality of Life
  • Rehabilitation
  • Self-Assessment
  • Speech, Esophageal
  • Total laryngectomy
  • Tracheoesophageal speech


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