Laser treatment for cervical cancer is done to patients, who are in stage o cervical cancer when the cancer would not have spread to other parts of the body from the cervix.
Cervical cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer that occurs in women. Patients, who are diagnosed early, may choose to go through cervical cancer laser treatment, which can prove to have several benefits.
Cervical cancer is treated when the abnormal cell tissues in the cervix are removed. In the treatment of cervical cancer with the help of laser treatment, a patient lies on the bed with the feet elevated much like how it is when a patient visits a gynaecologist. The surgeon then applies local anaesthesia to the cervix, uses a speculum and directs laser through the vagina. The surgeon puts the focus of the laser beam on the abnormal growth of cancerous cells and destroys them by either burning them or vaporising them.
Laser treatment to treat cervical cancer is only used when the cancer is on stage o cervical cancer i.e. it is located in the cervix and has not spread to other parts of the body. In the later stages of the cancer, the cancerous cells move to the bladder, intestines and lungs. At such a juncture, laser treatment for cervical cancer removal is an extremely localised procedure to be of even a little help to the patient.
Benefits of Cervical Cancer Laser Treatment
Cervical cancer laser treatment offers several benefits to the patient one of the most apparent being the fact that it can be performed in a doctor’s office rather than a hospital. The remission rates after cervical cancer laser treatment are high i.e. about 85 to 90 per cent of women are cure after undergoing the treatment. The surgeon can also direct the laser beam at the cancerous cells and leave the healthy tissues behind. Letting the healthy tissues remain helps to avoid any damage that may occur to the patient’s cervix and helps preserve her chances of conception.
As is with any type of cancer, cervical cancer laser treatment has some risks. There is a chance that the patient may have an adverse reaction to local anaesthesia. While many women may recover quickly with the help of laser treatment, some may experience pain, discharge and cramping post the treatment. There is always a probability for the cancer to relapse despite treatment.
Cervical cancer usually gets detected late i.e. after it has spread to other parts of the body. Therefore, laser treatment for cervical cancer may not be helpful for most cancer cases.
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