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Journal of Biomedical Optics

Treatment of skin melanoma with pulsed radiation from a neodymium laser
Author(s): Konstantin G. Moskalik; Robert I. Wagner; Alexander P. Kozlov
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Paper Abstract

Pulsed radiation generated by powerful neodymium glass lasers was used to treat 272 cases of stage I skin melanomas; 250 patients (91.9%) patients were treated 5 years ago or earlier. Local recurrences of melanoma were detected in 2 (0.7%) cases within 1 to 8 years of followup. Regional metastases developed in 45 (16.5 63.3%) cases and distant ones in 12 (4.461.6%); 1 (0.4%) female patient presented with a transport metastasis. In patients treated 5 years ago or earlier, regional metastases occurred in 16.263.8% cases, distant ones in 4.461.6%, and transport ones in 0.4%. Five-year survival was registered in 84.562.8% of patients. Powerful pulsed laser radiation is effective in treating flat and slightly elevated skin melanomas that are up to 4.5 cm thick and that are characterized by levels I to IV of invasion.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 October 1996
PDF: 7 pages
J. Biomed. Opt. 1(4) doi: 10.1117/12.250679
Published in: Journal of Biomedical Optics Volume 1, Issue 4
Show Author Affiliations
Konstantin G. Moskalik, N.N. Petrov Research Institute of Oncology (Russia)
Robert I. Wagner, N. N. Petrov Research Inst. of Oncology (Russia)
Alexander P. Kozlov, N.N. Petrov Research Inst. (Russia)


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