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Título: Endoscopic Nd-YAG laser therapy as palliative treatment for esophageal and cardial cancer
Autor: Freitas, D
Gouveia, H
Sofia, C
Pina-Cabral, JE
Donato, A
Palavras-chave: Endoscopia
Terapêutica Laser
Neoplasias do Esófago
Data: 1995
Citação: Hepatogastroenterology. 1995 Sep-Oct;42(5):633-7
Resumo: BACKGROUND/AIM: Progressive dysphagia is the most important symptom in inoperable cases of carcinoma of the esophagus and cardia. Treatment for the relief of dysphagia is chosen based on the lowest mortality and morbidity. This paper describes alpha consecutive series of patients with esophageal or cardial cancer, without a documented tracheoesophageal fistula, who were referred for palliative laser therapy. Alternative palliative treatments are discussed, as well as factors involved in successful laser treatment. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Over a five year period, 104 patients were treated endoscopically with the Nd-YAG laser for symptomatic improvement dysphagia caused by malignant tumors of the esophagus or cardia. RESULTS: After the initial laser therapy, good improvement was achieved in 78 patients (75%) and fair improvement in 17 patients (16%). Eighty-three patients with significant improvement were followed until death. In 42 of these 83 patients, the initial laser therapy was the only treatment given; the remaining 41 patients required either additional laser treatment or other palliative therapy. CONCLUSION: Laser treatment for palliation in esophageal and cardial cancer is promising. Given the proper circumstances, it may lay the framework for many other important treatment modalities.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10400.4/579
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