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What Is Involved in Laser Cancer Treatment?

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Laser is the abbreviation for “light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation”, and this technique uses the intensity and heat of a concentrated beam of light to either destroy or decrease the size of the cancerous cells. Laser cancer treatment is an effective and efficient treatment method for most types of cancer. This technique uses an intense laser beam to treat the cancerous tissues and cells and is extremely popular because it reportedly increases the chances of healing immensely. It involves basically two methodologies, one is to destroy, or decrease, the size of the tumor on the affected tissue, and the other one is to activate the photosensitizing cells to combat the cancerous cells.

The technique of laser cancer treatment involves placing nanotubes within the body and making them attach to the affected cells. After they are placed properly, the doctors heat up the nanotubes by using a laser. The heat from the lasers will effectively kill the cancerous cells, as well as the affected areas surrounding it. The laser treatments usually do not cause any serious side effects, but it can cause some slight damage to the healthy tissues located around the area being treated.

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What laser cancer treatment does is attempt to completely eliminate all of the cancer cells, or at least reduce their size by using photosensitizing cells to kill the cancerous tissues. This is also referred to as photo dynamic therapy. The technique involves shrinking, or destroying, the cancerous cells through the use of a laser beam on the affected area. The laser is directed at the affected area through the endoscope and precisely hits the area, allowing the heat from the laser to destroy the tumors without causing large amounts of damage to the surrounding tissues.

There are number of advantages and features of using laser treatment. The laser cancer treatment doesn’t cut the whole area around the cancerous cells, but instead it kills the extremely tiny cells that are affected. Laser cancer treatment is sometimes used in conjunction with the various medicines taken to combat the cancerous cells. The other significant advantage of this treatment is that it is possible to focus on one particular area which is viewed through a microscope. The previously employed treatment methods, such as the radiation and chemotherapy treatments, not only kill the cancer cells, but they also negatively affect the surrounding healthy cells. The beneficial aspect of this treatment method is that it kills the affected cells only having minimal effect on the healthy tissues.

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