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Photodynamic therapy and the treatment of malignancies of the head and neck
Author(s): Merrill A. Biel; Ellen E. Boss
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Paper Abstract

Seventy-nine patients with neoplastic diseases of the larynx, oral cavity, pharynx, and skin have been treated with photodynamic therapy (PDT) with follow-up to 65 months. Patients with carcinoma-in-situ (CIS) and T1 carcinomas obtained a complete response after one PDT treatment. All but two patients remain free of disease. Four patients with T2 and T3 superficial carcinomas were treated with PDT. One patient developed recurrence with 51- month follow-up. Eleven patients with deeply invasive T2, T3, and T4 carcinomas were treated with PDT. Of those eleven, eight obtained a complete response, but five have recurred locally. A response can be achieved with PDT, although not a consistent complete response because of the depth of invasion of the tumor. This is due to the inability to adequately deliver laser light to the depths of the tumor bed. Eight patients with massive neck recurrences of squamous cell carcinomas were treated with intraoperative adjuvant PDT following tumor resection. Only one patient developed recurrence with 30-month follow-up. PDT is highly effective for the curative treatment of early carcinomas (CIS, T1) of the head and neck. T2 and T3 superficial carcinomas, with invasion less than 0.5 cm, are also curatively treated with PDT with significantly reduced morbidity compared to conventional modes of treatment. Also, intraoperative adjuvant PDT may increase cure rates of large infiltrating carcinomas of the head and neck.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 April 1996
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 2675, Optical Methods for Tumor Treatment and Detection: Mechanisms and Techniques in Photodynamic Therapy V, (2 April 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.237529
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Merrill A. Biel, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis Ear, Nose, and Throat Clinic,and Univ. of Minnes (United States)
Ellen E. Boss, Minneapolis Ear, Nose, and Throat Research Foundation (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2675:
Optical Methods for Tumor Treatment and Detection: Mechanisms and Techniques in Photodynamic Therapy V
Thomas J. Dougherty, Editor(s)

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