Lasers in the treatment of nonmelanoma skin cancer

Sonal Choudhary, Jennifer Tang, Mohamed L. Elsaie, Keyvan Nouri

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Abstract

Background: Nonmelanoma skin cancers (NMSCs) constitute the largest proportion of cancers worldwide, especially in the Western population, making it essential to develop methods to manage these cancers. Ultraviolet (UV) light being the most significant culprit in the development of NMSCs makes the sun-exposed parts of the body, such as face and extremities, the most vulnerable to develop these tumors. Early diagnosis and emphasis on cosmesis are vital while treating them especially, in patients with multiple squamous and basal cell carcinomas. Lasers seem to be a useful therapeutic modality and are being explored to develop them as a tool for treating skin cancers. Objective: To review the use of lasers in the treatment of NMSCs. Methods: We reviewed articles that involved the use of lasers in the management of NMSCs and prepared a critical analysis of the same. Results and Conclusions Lasers as a single modality, as the coherent light source in photodynamic therapy (PDT), or as an adjunct to PDT or other treatment modalities are a potential method of NMSC eradication. Superficial NMSCs and most precancerous cutaneous lesions such as Bowen's disease and actinic keratoses respond best, whereas deeper, more-aggressive NMSCs show poor outcomes with laser treatments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)409-425
Number of pages17
JournalDermatologic Surgery
Volume37
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2011

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Skin Neoplasms
Lasers
Photochemotherapy
Therapeutics
Bowen's Disease
Actinic Keratosis
Neoplasms
Solar System
Ultraviolet Rays
Human Body
Early Diagnosis
Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Extremities
Light
Skin
Population

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  • Dermatology
  • Surgery

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Lasers in the treatment of nonmelanoma skin cancer. / Choudhary, Sonal; Tang, Jennifer; Elsaie, Mohamed L.; Nouri, Keyvan.

In: Dermatologic Surgery, Vol. 37, No. 4, 01.04.2011, p. 409-425.

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Choudhary, Sonal ; Tang, Jennifer ; Elsaie, Mohamed L. ; Nouri, Keyvan. / Lasers in the treatment of nonmelanoma skin cancer. In: Dermatologic Surgery. 2011 ; Vol. 37, No. 4. pp. 409-425.
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