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2020 Jul

Int J Hyperthermia



Laser thermal therapy in the management of high-grade gliomas.


Avecillas-Chasin JM, Atik A, Mohammadi AM, Barnett GH
Int J Hyperthermia. 2020 Jul; 37(2):44-52.
PMID: 32672121.


Laser interstitial thermal therapy (LITT) is a minimally invasive therapy that have been used for brain tumors, epilepsy, chronic pain, and other spine pathologies. This therapy is performed under imaging and stereotactic guidance to precisely direct the probe and ablate the area of interest using real-time magnetic resonance (MR) thermography. LITT has gained popularity as a treatment for glioma because of its minimally invasive nature, small skin incision, repeatability, shorter hospital stay, and the possibility of receiving adjuvant therapy shortly after surgery instead of several weeks as required after open surgical resection. Several reports have demonstrated the usefulness of LITT in the treatment of newly-diagnosed and recurrent gliomas. In this review, we will summarize the recent evidence of this therapy in the field of glioma surgery and the future perspectives of the use of LITT combined with other treatment strategies for this devastating disease.