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Temas em Psicologia

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NETO, Sebastião Benício da Costa  and  ARAUJO, Tereza Cristina Cavalcanti Ferreira de. Quality of life evaluation of patients with head and neck câncer. Temas psicol. [online]. 2001, vol.9, n.2, pp. 125-135. ISSN 1413-389X.

The general objective of the present study is to evaluate instruments which measure the quality of life of patients who have developed head and neck câncer. A total of 41 individuais, aged 20 to 85, participated in this study. Ali of them were patients of a specialized oncology institute in the Brazilian mid-west area, with diagnosis of oral tumors. At the time of their medicai consultation, patients were subjected to Quality of Life Visual Analogous Scale (Font & Costa Neto, 1999), as well as the scales EORTC QOL-C30 and H&N-35 (version 3.0) from the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Câncer. The instruments permitted the identification of losses in the quality of life of subjects, being, therefore, adequate tools to evaluate the general condition of the group, envisioning preventive and therapeutic intervention in oncology. In many patients, we could also verify that they had a differentiated perception between general health and quality of life.

Keywords : quality of life; oncology; surgery; head and neck.

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