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Inhibition and regression of tumors in hamster DMBA model following laser microvascular targeting
Author(s): Kathleen McMillan; Zhi Wang M.D.; Stanley M. Shapshay M.D.
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Paper Abstract

Vascular targeting is a recent approach to cancer therapy that aims at damaging tumor vasculature to induce tumor cell hypoxia and subsequent cell death. Squamous cell cancer arises in the superficial mucosal and cutaneous epithelial layers, and tumor microvasculature therefore may be particularly well suited for targeting by selective photothermolysis. An initial evaluation of the effect of selective eradication of microvasculature on tumor development was undertaken here using the chemically-induced hamster cheek pouch model and a 585 nm pulsed dye laser. In a first group of 6 hamsters, progression of premalignant mucosal lesions was compared between control and laser treatment groups, and laser-induced regression of established tumors was evaluated. In a second group of 12 hamsters, the number of laser treatments required to produce complete regression of tumors of the buccal mucosa was determined. The effect of the laser on tumors appearing on the skin in these animals was also investigated. These experiments showed that laser treatment inhibited tumor development and caused complete regression of established tumors 10 mm3 or smaller. Photothermal microvascular targeting may be useful in treating dyplasia and early tumors of the upper aerodigestive tract and skin, with fewer adverse sequelae than existing modalities.

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Date Published: 1 July 1998
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3245, Lasers in Surgery: Advanced Characterization, Therapeutics, and Systems VIII, (1 July 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.312283
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Kathleen McMillan, New England Medical Ctr./Tufts Univ. School of Medicine (United States)
Zhi Wang M.D., New England Medical Ctr./Tufts Univ. School of Medicine (United States)
Stanley M. Shapshay M.D., New England Medical Ctr./Tufts Univ. School of Medicine (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3245:
Lasers in Surgery: Advanced Characterization, Therapeutics, and Systems VIII
Graham M. Watson M.D.; Harvey Lui M.D.; Lou Reinisch; Penny J. Smalley R.N.; Kenneth Eugene Bartels D.V.M.; R. Rox Anderson M.D.; Lawrence S. Bass M.D.; Kenneth Eugene Bartels D.V.M.; C. Gaelyn Garrett M.D.; Lloyd P. Tate V.D.M.; Sharon L. Thomsen M.D.; Reza S. Malek M.D.; Aaron P. Perlmutter M.D.; R. Rox Anderson M.D.; Lawrence S. Bass M.D.; C. Gaelyn Garrett M.D.; Kenton W. Gregory M.D.; Harvey Lui M.D.; Reza S. Malek M.D.; Aaron P. Perlmutter M.D.; Lou Reinisch; Penny J. Smalley R.N.; Lloyd P. Tate V.D.M.; Sharon L. Thomsen M.D.; Graham M. Watson M.D., Editor(s)

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