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Commentary: What role do lasers play in the management of colorectal disease

Bown, SG; (1989) Commentary: What role do lasers play in the management of colorectal disease. International Journal of Colorectal Disease , 4 (1) pp. 26-29. 10.1007/BF01648546.

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Abstract

Lasers are beginning to find their feet in the management of some colorectal diseases. Although surgery will remain the treatment of choice for colorectal cancer for many years to come, for cases at the end of the spectrum where surgery is not feasible or is considered to carry an unacceptably high risk, the Nd-YAG laser can give valuable, cost effective (as shown by Mellow's preliminary financial analysis) palliation with very low morbidity for symptoms due to intraluminal tumour. The same laser is highly effective for controlling blood loss from vascular lesions. Photodynamic therapy is an exciting new concept which has considerable potential in the management of small areas of neoplasia in the colon, but it will be some time before there are enough data available to judge what role it has to play in clinical practice. © 1989 Springer-Verlag.

Type: Article
Title: Commentary: What role do lasers play in the management of colorectal disease
DOI: 10.1007/BF01648546
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Surgery and Interventional Sci
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Surgery and Interventional Sci > Department of Surgical Biotechnology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1299863
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