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LASER THERAPY

Laser therapy is any treatment using intense beams of light to precisely cut, burn, or destroy tissue. The term laser is an acronym for "Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation."

The laser light beam is generated from radiation sources so small and safe that it poses no health risks to the patient or medical team.

The laser is used for many medical purposes. Because the laser beam is so small and precise, it enables doctors to safely treat tissue without injuring the surrounding area. Lasers may be used to remove growths or cauterize blood vessels.

Use of laser therapy in cancer treatment

In oncology (cancer treatment), the high intensity narrow beam light is used to do precise surgery to remove cancerous or precancerous growths or to relieve symptoms of cancer. Lasers are most commonly used to treat superficial cancers (cancers on the surface of the body or the lining of internal organs) such as basal cell skin cancer and the very early stages of some cancers, such as cervical, penile, vaginal, vulvar, and non-small cell lung cancer.

Lasers also may be used to relieve certain symptoms of cancer, such as bleeding or obstruction. For example, lasers can be used to shrink or destroy a tumor that is blocking a patient's trachea (windpipe) or esophagus. Lasers also can be used to remove colon polyps or tumors that are blocking the colon or stomach.

Laser therapy can be used alone, but most often it is combined with other treatments, such as surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation therapy. In addition, lasers can seal nerve endings to reduce pain after surgery and seal lymph vessels to reduce swelling and limit the spread of tumor cells.

How is laser therapy given?

Laser therapy is often given through a thin tube called an endoscope. An endoscope can be inserted in openings in the body to treat cancer or precancerous growths inside the trachea (windpipe), esophagus, stomach, or colon.

Laser-induced interstitial thermotherapy (LITT) (or interstitial laser photocoagulation) also uses lasers to treat some cancers.

Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is another type of cancer treatment that uses lasers.

Laser therapy causes less bleeding and damage to normal tissue than standard surgical tools, and there is a lower risk of infection.

Types of lasers used in cancer treatment

  • Carbon dioxide (CO2) lasers for superficial cancers, such as skin cancer
  • Argon lasers for superficial cancers, such as skin cancer
  • Neodymium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet (Nd:YAG) lasers are more commonly applied through an endoscope to treat internal organs, such as the uterus, esophagus, and colon

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