Document Type

Capstone Project

Publication Date

Spring 3-15-2017


Approximately 12,740 new cases of laryngeal cancer (LC) are diagnosed each year, often resulting in compromises to vital life functions. In particular, LC may be treated via surgical removal of part or all of the larynx (laryngectomy) resulting in major nutrition, respiration, and communication challenges; each which can substantially impact a patient’s quality of life (QOL). At this time, there is little research available regarding patients’ perceived QOL and preparedness for life after total laryngectomy. To fill this gap, a survey study, asking participants to rate their perceived level of agreement or disagreement with a number of statements regarding QOL and adjustment and preparation for life pre and post-laryngectomy, was initiated. Overall, the findings in this study indicated that respondents were generally satisfied with the education and support they received from health care providers pre and postlaryngectomy. Still, survey responses did indicate that specific aspects of care might benefit from additional improvement including pre and post-procedure counseling and education regarding recovery and stoma and tracheoesophageal puncture care, a team approach to patient care, provision of support to patients when navigating physiological changes post-surgery, and the provision of support for caregivers.