Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Nd: YAG laser

We use the Nd: YAG laser to shrink or destroy tumors and/or to help relieve symptoms in difficult-to-reach areas of the body, such as the lungs, esophagus or colon.

The Nd: YAG (neodymium: yttrium-aluminum-garnet) laser uses a high-power laser beam that burns, or “vaporizes,” the tumor. The cancer is evaporated, and the vapor is then suctioned out through an endoscope or bronchoscope.

The Nd: YAG laser is often used to treat large obstructive masses that aren't able to be removed surgically, but are causing symptoms, such as bleeding or obstruction. For example, it may be used to remove an obstruction in the esophageal tract to relieve swallowing difficulties, or in the airways to improve breathing.

Advantages of the Nd: YAG Laser

  • It allows tumor destruction.
  • It may reduce infection risk at surgical site.
  • It reduces healing time.
  • It may help quickly clot blood.
  • It may be a therapeutic option for patients who cannot have surgery.
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