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Photodynamic therapy and the treatment of neoplastic diseases of the larynx
Author(s): Merrill A. Biel
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Paper Abstract

Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is an innovative treatment involving the use of light-sensitive drugs to selectively identify and destroy diseased cells. Therefore, photodynamic therapy has the potential to treat and cure precancerous and early cancerous lesions (carcinoma in situ (CIS), T1 and T2) of the larynx while preserving normal tissue. Twenty-four patients with recurrent leukoplakia and carcinomas of the larynx were treated with PDT with follow-up to 60 months. Fourteen patients with T1 squamous cell carcinomas of the vocal cord, 2 patients with a T2 squamous cell carcinoma of the vocal cord failing radiotherapy, and 6 patients with CIS and sever atypia were treated with PDT and obtained a complete response and are disease free. One patient with a T3 carcinoma of the larynx was treated with PDT but died 5 weeks post-treatment of unrelated causes and could not be assessed. Photodynamic therapy is a promising therapy for treatment of precancerous and cancerous lesions of the larynx. This therapy may be particularly beneficial for the treatment of recurrent carcinomas of the larynx that have failed conventional radiotherapy, thereby preserving voice and eliminating the need for destructive laryngeal surgery.

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Date Published: 12 May 1995
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 2395, Lasers in Surgery: Advanced Characterization, Therapeutics, and Systems V, (12 May 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.209107
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Merrill A. Biel, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic, and Univ. of Minnesota (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2395:
Lasers in Surgery: Advanced Characterization, Therapeutics, and Systems V
R. Rox Anderson; Graham M. Watson; Rudolf W. Steiner; Douglas E. Johnson; Stanley M. Shapshay; Michail M. Pankratov; George S. Abela; Lawrence S. Bass; John V. White; Rodney A. White; Kenneth Eugene Bartels; Lloyd P. Tate; C. Thomas Vangsness, Editor(s)

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