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Endoscopic palliation of esophageal and cardial cancer: Nd:YAG laser and prosthesis
Author(s): Lorenzo Norberto; Riccardo Ranzato; Saverio Marino; Imerio Angriman; Vincenzo Vella; Michele Donadi; D. F. D'Amico
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Paper Abstract

From November 1, 1992 to January 31, 1997, 227 patients with inoperable esophageal and cardial carcinomas were treated with Nd:YAG laser therapy and prosthesis intubation. The retrograde technique was used in most cases. The tumor involved in 75 pts the Cardia, in 65 the middle thoracic esophagus, in 47 pts the lower thoracic esophagus, in 23 in the upper thoracic esophagus and in 17 in the cervical esophagus. The indications for palliative Nd:YAG laser and prosthesis intubation were a locally advanced or metastatic tumor in 146 pts (64.4%) and poor surgical risk in 81 pts (35.6%). The quality of palliation was evaluated according to the ability to swallow. The mean survival rate of the patients during the follow up was 22 weeks for the laser therapy and 16 weeks for the prosthesis intubation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 December 1997
PDF: 3 pages
Proc. SPIE 3192, Medical Applications of Lasers in Dermatology, Ophthalmology, Dentistry, and Endoscopy, (22 December 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.297855
Show Author Affiliations
Lorenzo Norberto, Univ. of Padua (Italy)
Riccardo Ranzato, Univ. of Padua (Italy)
Saverio Marino, Univ. of Padua (Italy)
Imerio Angriman, Univ. of Padua (Italy)
Vincenzo Vella, Univ. of Padua (Italy)
Michele Donadi, Univ. of Padua (Italy)
D. F. D'Amico, Univ. of Padua (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3192:
Medical Applications of Lasers in Dermatology, Ophthalmology, Dentistry, and Endoscopy
Gregory B. Altshuler; Reginald Birngruber; Marco Dal Fante; Raimund Hibst; Herbert Hoenigsmann; Neville Krasner; Frederic Laffitte, Editor(s)

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