Ancillary Therapies in the Management of Lung Cancer: Photodynamic Therapy, Laser Therapy, and Endobronchial Prosthetic Devices

Eric Edell, DENIS A. CORTESE, JOHN C. MCDOUGALL

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Abstract

Endoscopic therapy for cancer that involves the tracheobronchial tree is currently available for two distinct types of lesions: radiographically occult superficial squamous cell carcinoma and advanced malignant tumors that cause severe airway obstruction. Photodynamic therapy, which uses a photosensitizing agent, is effective for managing early superficial squamous cell carcinoma. Neodymium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet laser therapy has been effective in the palliative management of patients with advanced or recurrent malignant obstructive airway lesions, either alone or in combination with intraluminal radiation therapy. Most recently, endobronchial prosthetic devices (stents) have been used in patients with advanced airway obstruction. The use of each of these modalities in the management of lung cancer is reviewed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)685-690
Number of pages6
JournalMayo Clinic Proceedings
Volume68
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993

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Photochemotherapy
Laser Therapy
Airway Obstruction
Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Lung Neoplasms
Neodymium
Equipment and Supplies
Photosensitizing Agents
Solid-State Lasers
Stents
Neoplasms
Radiotherapy
Therapeutics

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Ancillary Therapies in the Management of Lung Cancer : Photodynamic Therapy, Laser Therapy, and Endobronchial Prosthetic Devices. / Edell, Eric; CORTESE, DENIS A.; MCDOUGALL, JOHN C.

In: Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Vol. 68, No. 7, 01.01.1993, p. 685-690.

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