Laser therapy for lung cancer involves the use of a strong, focused light to destroy a small tumor in the lining of an airway or to decrease the size of a tumor that is blocking an airway. It is typically used as a palliative (symptom-reducing) procedure for lung cancer, usually to improve breathing.
What does it involve?
Laser therapy is performed under general anesthesia. A bronchoscope, a small tube mounted with a camera and laser, is passed down the throat and into the lungs. With it, a physician is able to find tumors and reduce their size by burning them with the laser. The procedure can be repeated as needed.
Common side effects of laser therapy can include pain and fever.
For more details about this treatment, visit:
Palliative Procedures for Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer — American Cancer Society
Lasers To Treat Cancer — National Cancer Institute
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