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Lasers are used in surgery for the following types of cancer because they often have a special requirement that only lasers can meet—such as the ability to reach a hard to treat location, apply heat, or cut only a very small area:
Laser surgery is also used for palliative surgery in cancer patients. The purpose of palliative surgery is to help the patient feel better or function better even though it may not treat the cancer. An example of this type of surgery may involve surgery to remove a growth that is making it difficult for a patient to eat comfortably.