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How are electrosurgery and laser surgery used in oncology?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Electrosurgery is used in oncology to destroy cancerous or abnormal cells using a high-frequency current. Electrosurgery is most often used to treat cancers of the mouth and skin. Laser surgery uses beams of laser light to destroy cancer cells.

Ajay K. Sahajpal, MD
Transplant Surgery

Both of the above technologies are tools that can be used to destroy or ablate cancer cells. One uses electric current energy and the other uses light energy. Typically these are used in Head and Neck cancers such as in the oral cavity and sometimes the skin.

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