Canadian Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

The Woman Who is Laryngectomized: Parallels, Perspectives, and Reevaluation of Practice

Author(s) Sue I. Brown, MCISc
Philip Doyle, PhD
Volume 23
Number 2
Year 1999
Page(s) 54-60
Language English
Keywords laryngectomy
Abstract This review centres primarily on clinical perspectives related to women who have been diagnosed and treated for laryngeal cancer and issues that impact clinical practice for women. Traditional care of the laryngectomized individual has been defined by the fact that the majority of affected individuals are male. However, demographics have changed in the past two decades and the occurrence of laryngeal cancer in women has increased dramatically. Thus, new concerns are emerging. It is for this reason that clinical practice must be reevaluated in order to address issues that may not previously have been a primary concern for males who are treated for laryngeal cancer. In order to facilitate a reevaluation of issues that may have particular impact on the female who undergoes laryngectomy, it is proposed that other literature, in particular that related to breast cancer, may offer important parallels that will serve such considerations.

Cet examen se penche principalement sur les perspectives cliniques portant sur les femmes diagnostiquées et traitées pour un cancer laryngien et sur les questions ayant une incidence sur la pratique clinique par rapport à des femmes. Les considérations traditionnelles relatives aux soins de la personne laryngectomisée ont été largement définies selon le modèle voulant que la majorité de ces personnes sont males. Cependant, la démographie a changé au cours des deux dernières décennies et comme l’incidence du cancer laryngien chez les femmes a augmenté dramatiquement, on doit conjuguer avec de nouvelles préoccupations. C’est pour cette raison qu’il est nécessaire de réévaluer les considérations cliniques afin de traiter de questions qui peuvent ne pas avoir été jugées importantes pour les hommes traités pour un cancer laryngien. Afin de faciliter la réévaluation de questions pouvant avoir une incidence significative sur la femme subissant une laryngectomie, il est proposé que d’autres ouvrages, notamment ceux portant sur le cancer du sein, vont offrir des parallèles importants utiles à des telles considérations.
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