Introduction: Laryngeal cancer is one of the most common tumors of the head and neck region. Total laryngectomy (TL) is the classical treatment for laryngeal cancer. However, serial studies have shown that supracricoid partial laryngectomy (SPL) is an alternative to total laryngectomy. The surgical treatment of laryngeal cancer results in sequelae and comorbidities that may interfere with the quality of life of individuals. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the quality of life of late postoperative patients with laryngeal cancer subjected to SPL or TL.
Materials and Methods: Thirty-three patients were interviewed, of which 17 had been subjected to SPL and 16 to TL. The EORTC QLQ-C30 and H&N35 questionnaires for evaluation of quality of life were applied.
Results: The group of patients subjected to SPL obtained better global (p=0.017), overall (p=0.019), sensory (p=0.001) and communication (p=0.002) scores, showing that it is a good alternative to TL, with lower comorbidity index.