Quality of life in patients submitted to surgical treatment for minor salivary gland neoplasms.

Brazilian oral research

PubMedID: 18060267

Hirota SK, Penha SS, Lehn CN, Sugaya NN, Migliari DA. Quality of life in patients submitted to surgical treatment for minor salivary gland neoplasms. Braz Oral Res. 2007;21(4):375-9.
This study was aimed at assessing the quality of life in patients submitted to surgical treatment for minor salivary gland neoplasms (MSGN). Twelve patients (10 women and 2 men, mean age: 49.4 years) with histopathologic diagnosis of pleomorphic adenoma (PA, 3 cases), polymorphous low-grade adenocarcinoma (PLGA, 2 cases), cystic adenoid carcinoma (CAC, 4 cases), and muco-epidermoid carcinoma (MEC, 3 cases) were evaluated. All of them were treated by surgical excision; patients with CAC received radiotherapy as well. The patients quality of life was evaluated through a self-administered questionnaire concerning their physical well-being, emotional status, normal daily activities, and family relationships. The results showed that patients with MEC--the youngest among all patients--reported a significantly greater worsening of their physical well-being and emotional status after treatment as compared with patients treated for PA (P<0.05), and also of their functional activities as compared with those treated for PA and PLGA (P<0.05). In conclusion, age of development of the neoplasm and type of disease produce more impact on patients quality of life than does the therapys degree of aggression.