Linda L D'Antonio

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BACKGROUND The goal of this investigation was to examine the relationship between, and application of, two disease specific quality of life (QL) measures currently being employed for head and neck cancer patients: the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-Head and Neck Scale (FACT-H&N) and the Performance Status Scale for Head and Neck Cancer Patients(More)
Quality of life (QOL) and functional status (FS) have become important outcome measures in cancer therapy. Valid and reliable instruments recently have been developed for examining QOL and FS in patients with head and neck (HN) cancer. The present study evaluated the relationships of QOL and FS to physical and psychological variables assumed to affect QOL(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this trial was to compare the relative effectiveness (efficacy and morbidity) of two surgical procedures for correcting velopharyngeal insufficiency (VPI). DESIGN This was an international multicenter randomized trial to study the outcome of two surgical procedures (flap and sphincter pharyngoplasty) for speech, incidence of sleep(More)
It is reported frequently that individuals with palatal clefts have a high occurrence of laryngeal/voice symptoms. It has been speculated that vocal pathology in this population is the result of laryngeal compensation for abnormal velopharyngeal valving. This paper describes the prevalence of laryngeal/voice findings in a group of 85 patients referred for(More)
Speech-language impairment is one of the most common clinical features in velocardiofacial syndrome (VCFS). This report describes the speech and language development of four children with VCFS studied longitudinally from 6 to 30 months of age and compares their performance with three groups of children: (1) normally developing children, (2) children with(More)
OBJECTIVE To address two questions of theoretical importance regarding the profile and course of communication impairment associated with velocardiofacial syndrome (VCFS): (1) do speech characteristics of children with VCFS differ from a group of children with some of the phenotypic characteristics of VCFS who do not have the syndrome, and (2) do younger(More)
OBJECTIVE This study explored the effectiveness of a parent-implemented, focused stimulation program on the speech characteristics of children younger than 3 years with cleft lip and palate. The research questions included the following: (1) Can parents be trained to deliver an early intervention (EI) program for children with cleft palate? (2) Does a(More)
Cleft palate fistulas are an unfortunate complication that may follow repair of a cleft palate. The presenting symptoms may be variable, and a full evaluation is necessary to identify which symptoms are directly attributable to the fistula. A multidisciplinary approach is recommended when formulating a treatment plan, which takes into consideration(More)
Flexible fiberoptic nasopharyngoscopy (FFN) has become a popular clinical tool for evaluating velopharyngeal function. The literature contains numerous reports of FFN methodology and findings. However, there are few published reports that address clinical rating and reporting schemes or that evaluate viewer reliability. This study was designed to evaluate(More)
OBJECTIVE This study describes the relationship between health-related quality of life (HRQOL) and depression in patients following major surgery for head and neck cancer. DESIGN Cross-sectional study using medical chart review, patient interview, and test administration. METHOD Fifty patients were evaluated 6 months to 6 years following surgery using(More)