Author(s): Wang CP, Chang YL, Chen CT, Yang TH, Lou PJ
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Abstract BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Surgical excision of primary nasopharyngeal papillary adenocarcinoma is sometimes incomplete with remaining microscopic disease. Post-operative radiotherapy only has limited efficacy but may cause many complications. STUDY DESIGN/MATERIALS AND METHODS: Photodynamic therapy (PDT) was used as a post-operative adjuvant therapy for an incompletely resected primary nasopharyngeal papillary adenocarcinoma. A special form of 20\% topical 5-aminolevulinic acid (5-ALA), which was originally a liquid form and became a gel form after applied on the nasopharynx, was used as the photosensitizer. A 2-mm optic fiber delivered the light (633 nm wavelength) to the lesion with a fluence rate of 100 mW/cm2 generated by a diode laser under 5 mm 0 degrees endoscope assistance. The total energy delivered was 150 joules/cm2. RESULTS: No significant acute side effect was noted and the nasopharyngeal wound healed rapidly. The patient is alive without locoregional recurrence or distant metastasis for 5 years. Articulation, salivation, and swallowing functions are all well preserved. CONCLUSION: Post-operative adjuvant PDT can successfully cure an otherwise difficult to treat disease with preservation of good life quality of the patient. Potential complications of PDT (e.g., photosensitivity) can be prevented by a special formulation of topical 5-ALA preparation. Copyright 2006 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
This article was published in Lasers Surg Med
and referenced in Journal of Analytical & Bioanalytical Techniques