3 December 1996 First experiences with the interstitial Nd:YAG laser therapy in the treatment of upper-aerodigestive-tract carcinoma
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Abstract
The laser-induced interstitial thermotherapy (LITT) is a new treatment modality for advanced recurrent malignancies of the upper aerodigestive tract. Since 1993 26 patients with an incurable tumor recurrence of the head and neck region were treated at the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Kiel. In nine patients tumor progression was stopped or a partial regression was observed. Eight patients showed slowed down tumor growth and nine patients displayed an unchanged tumor progression. No severe complications were noted. These preliminary results show that the LITT is a suitable method for the palliative treatment of advanced tumor recurrences of the head and neck region. Through optimization and standardization of radiation parameters and application of the laser fibers the success rate could be improved.
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Burkard M. Lippert, Burkard M. Lippert, Stefan Gottschlich, Stefan Gottschlich, Benedikt J. Folz, Benedikt J. Folz, Jochen A. Werner, Jochen A. Werner, "First experiences with the interstitial Nd:YAG laser therapy in the treatment of upper-aerodigestive-tract carcinoma", Proc. SPIE 2922, Laser Applications in Medicine and Dentistry, (3 December 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.260685; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.260685
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