Author(s): Moskalik K, Kozlov A, Demin E, Boiko E
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Abstract OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess the curative and cosmetic efficacy of treatment for facial skin cancer using neodymium laser irradiation. BACKGROUND DATA: Due to the complex anatomy of the area, therapy for facial skin cancer is difficult. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Laser irradiation was used for the treatment of 3461 patients with 3624 facial skin cancer lesions of stages T(1-2)N(0)M(0:) 3346 basal cell skin cancers, 188 limited basal cell skin cancer recurrences, and 90 squamous cell skin cancers. Pulsed neodymium (Nd) and Nd:YAG lasers were used as the energy sources. The patients were followed-up from 3 mo to 5 y or more. RESULTS: Patients with basal cell skin cancer treated by irradiation with the Nd laser developed recurrences in 1.8\% of cases, and patients treated with the Nd:YAG laser had a recurrence rate of 2.5\%. Recurrences following treatment for basal cell skin cancer, and those of squamous cell skin cancer, after irradiation with the Nd laser appeared in 3.7\% and 4.4\% of patients, respectively. Overall, the frequency of facial skin cancer recurrences after treatment with laser irradiation was 2.1\% of all the irradiated tumors. CONCLUSION: Neodymium laser irradiation is an effective method to treat facial skin cancer of stages T(1-2)N(0)M(0), and results in acceptable cosmetic results.
This article was published in Photomed Laser Surg
and referenced in Atherosclerosis: Open Access