Transoral robotic surgery for oropharyngeal carcinoma and its impact on patient-reported quality of life and function

Fernando Danelon Leonhardt, Harry Quon, Marcio Abrahão, Bert W. O'Malley, Gregory S. Weinstein

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Abstract

Background The aim of this study was to assess the quality of life of patients with oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma after transoral robotic surgery (TORS). Methods Short Form (SF)-8 and Performance Status Scale (PSS) questionnaires were completed prior to surgery, 6 and 12 months of follow-up. Results In all, 38 patients treated with TORS followed by adjuvant therapy as indicated were prospectively enrolled. For PSS Eating and Diet domains, significant decreases occurred at 6 months (p ≤.001 and p ≤.001, respectively) but not at 12 months. Significant declines in PSS Speech were seen at 6 and 12 months (p ≤.001 and p ≤.001). There were no significant declines in the SF-8 domains, except for Bodily Pain and Global Health (6 months). Significantly higher PSS Eating and Diet scores were seen at 6 months for TORS alone compared with TORS and chemoradiation. Conclusions Combination TORS and adjuvant therapy caused a temporary decrease in several domains at 6 months, returning to baseline including swallowing function in all patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)146-154
Number of pages9
JournalHead and Neck
Volume34
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • functional status
  • oropharynx carcinoma
  • postoperative chemoradiation
  • postoperative radiotherapy
  • quality of life
  • transoral robotic surgery (TORS)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology

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