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Title: The use of low-level light therapy in supportive care for patients with breast cancer: review of the literature
Authors: Robijns, Jolien
Censabella, Sandrine
Bulens, Paul
Maes, Annelies
Mebis, Jeroen
Issue Date: 2017
Citation: LASERS IN MEDICAL SCIENCE, 32 (1), 229-242
Abstract: Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide, with an incidence of 1.7 million in 2012. Breast cancer and its treatments can bring along serious side effects such as fatigue, skin toxicity, lymphedema, pain, nausea, etc. These can substantially affect the patients’ quality of life. Therefore, supportive care for breast cancer patients is an es- sential mainstay in the treatment. Low-level light therapy (LLLT) also named photobiomodulation therapy (PBMT) has proven its efficiency in general medicine for already more than 40 years. It is a noninvasive treatment option used to stimulate wound healing and reduce inflammation, edema, and pain. LLLT is used in different medical settings ranging from dermatology, physiotherapy, and neurology to dentistry. Since the last twenty years, LLLT is becoming a new treat- ment modality in supportive care for breast cancer. For this review, all existing literature concerning the use of LLLT for breast cancer was used to provide evidence in the following domains: oral mucositis (OM), radiodermatitis (RD), lymph- edema, chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN), and osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ). The findings of this re- view suggest that LLLT is a promising option for the manage- ment of breast cancer treatment-related side effects. However, it still remains important to define appropriate treatment and irradiation parameters for each condition in order to ensure the effectiveness of LLLT.
Notes: Robijns, J (reprint author), Hasselt Univ, Fac Med Life Sci, Martelarenlaan 42, B-3500 Hasselt, Belgium. jolien.robijns@uhasselt.be
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/22034
DOI: 10.1007/s10103-016-2056-y
ISI #: 000392081900027
ISSN: 0268-8921
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
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