Quality of Life Issues in Patients with Skull Base Tumours

Part of the Head and Neck Cancer Clinics book series (HNCC)


A fundamental goal of medical care is the maintenance or improvement of quality of life (QOL) for all those who need and seek care. In general, QOL can be defined as a multidimensional construct that includes performance and enjoyment of social roles, physical health, intellectual functioning, emotional state and life satisfaction or well-being [1]. QOL is assessed in an effort to improve treatment modalities, to promote restoration of the patient’s daily functions, and to accelerate his or her return to normal life. By estimating the influence of surgical procedures on QOL, the most appropriate surgical approach can be selected for a given patient. A thorough understanding of the different aspects of QOL can help surgeons improve assessment and management of patients, identify specific impediments as early as possible during follow up, and direct specific medical interventions to patients with increased risk and poor outcome [2].


Skull Base Vestibular Schwannomas Skull Base Surgery Skull Base Tumour Glasgow Benefit Inventory 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck and Maxillofacial SurgeryTel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Tel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael
  2. 2.Head and Neck Surgery Unit, Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck and Maxillofacial SurgeryTel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Tel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael

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