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Biomedical Optics & Medical Imaging

New laser treatment for cancer of the larynx

A team of Harvard doctors reports that a new outpatient laser procedure for cancer of the larynx promises to eliminate the need for radiation, preserve speech, shorten treatment time and significantly improve care in other ways for many patients whose cancer is diagnosed early.

The new procedure relies on the pulsed photoangiolytic KTP. Its green light selectively destroys the blood vessels feeding the tumor without burning the vocal cords.

Full story from New York Times.