Outcomes and Deliberations of Laser Therapy in Patients with Primary Lung Cancer

laser therapyAll 20 patients (18 males, two females) receiving laser therapy have had primary endobronchial carcinoma (Table 1). Seventeen patients were hospitalized for symptoms related to their tumor. The other three patients were admitted only for the laser procedure. Cell types were: squamous cell carcinoma, 13; adenocarcinoma, three; small cell carcinoma, two; and poorly differentiated carcinoma, two. Five patients required two procedures. In two of these the initial procedure failed to establish a patent airway; both had had complete obstruction of the left main-stem bronchus. The other three patients had recurrence of symptoms after 2, 5, and 8 months, respectively. Patient 16 required four procedures because of recurrence of obstruction.