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Photochem Photobiol. 2002 Mar;75(3):296-301.

Treatment of murine cutaneous melanoma with near infrared light.

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Photongen, Inc., Knoxville, TN 37931, USA.


Treatment of cutaneous melanoma (M-3 and B16-F10 implanted in mice) with rapidly-scanned, tightly-focused near infrared light elicits selective destruction of tumor tissue. A single laser treatment yielded complete eradication in >90% of B16-F10 tumors with thicknesses of approximately 3 mm; amelanotic M-3 tumors proved less responsive (ca 25% clearance rate). In addition to local tumor destruction, laser treatment of B16-F10 tumors in immunocompetent mice stimulated enhanced cytokine levels (interleukin-2 and interleukin-10) within treated tumor tissues and rejection of tumor cells upon a subsequent challenge dose. Such an antitumor immune response may lead to improved outcomes at both the treatment site and at sites of distant metastasis.

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