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Endobronchial occlusive disease: Nd:YAG or PDT?
Author(s): Anne-Marie Regal; Hiroshi Takita
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Paper Abstract

Patients with endobronchial occlusion commonly experience dyspnea, cough, hemoptysis, pneumonitis, and atelectasis. If luminal patency is not re-established, obstructive symptoms may progress to sepsis and death. Although the overall survival of patients with lung cancer may not be altered by relief of airway obstruction, the prognosis for this subset of patients may be improved by eliminating the septic complications of bronchial occlusion. Techniques to treat occluded bronchi include electro-fulguration, cryotherapy, brachytherapy, laser (CO2, Nd-YAG) therapy, and photodynamic therapy (PDT). These represent local forms of treatment and are intended to be palliative. Nd-YAG and PDT are the modalities more frequently utilized in this setting. Comparison of the two treatment forms may furnish insight regarding the appropriate role for each as individual therapies and as part of the armamentarium of cancer therapies.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 1991
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 1426, Optical Methods for Tumor Treatment and Early Diagnosis: Mechanisms and Techniques, (1 June 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.44066
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Anne-Marie Regal, Roswell Park Cancer Institute (United States)
Hiroshi Takita, Roswell Park Cancer Institute (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1426:
Optical Methods for Tumor Treatment and Early Diagnosis: Mechanisms and Techniques
Thomas J. Dougherty, Editor(s)

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