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Low level laser therapy (LLLT) and cancer

Studies have proven that low level laser therapy (LLLT) reduces the symptoms of oral mucositis, which are terribly painful mouth sores caused by the toxic effects of chemotherapy. However, unlike these previous studies, the researchers in this experiment wanted to assess if there was any improvement in the Quality of Life of patients receiving radiation and low level laser therapy (LLLT) for head and neck cancer.

Low level laser therapy (LLLT) and Quality of life

Sixty patients were studied and objective tests were performed to assess the patient’s Quality of Life during radiation treatment for cancer. Quality of Life was defined as a composite of many factors including pain, function of the head and mouth, anxiety, and physical appearance.

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Low Level Laser therapy: quality of life

Low level laser therapy (LLLT): Positive effects

The results showed that there was a significant improvement in the Quality of Life of the patients who received low level laser therapy (LLLT). So, unlike our worries about low level laser therapy (LLLT) negatively influencing the lives of cancer patients, these newer studies are showing POSITIVE effects. To date, these positive studies have all used cool lasers, not hot ones. At the present time, because research has documented that hot lasers can increase cancer activity, researchers are primarily using cool lasers.

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  • Gautam AP, Fernandes DJ, Vidyasagar MS, Maiya AG, Nigudgi S. Effect of low-level laser therapy on patient reported measures of oral mucositis and quality of life in head and neck cancer patients receiving chemoradiotherapy-a randomized controlled trial. Support Care Cancer. 2012 Dec 8. PMID: 23224689.

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