Low level Laser therapy in radiation-induced vaginal stenosis after cervical cancer treatment: Case Report/ Terapia a laser de baixa potência na estenose vaginal induzida por radiação após tratamento do câncer cervical: relato de caso
Keywords:low level laser therapy, pelvic radiotherapy, vaginal stenosis, oncology, case report.
Background and objective: Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) has been widely studied to relieve pain and accelerate the wound healing process. Considering the occurrence of radiation-induced vaginal stenosis due to the treatment of cervical cancer, as well as the pain and tissue injury that ionizing radiation therapy causes, this study discusses the use of LLLT as a therapeutic resource to complement the recommended therapy of dilation of the vaginal canal. Methods: Case report of a woman with radiation-induced vaginal stenosis after brachytherapy cervical cancer treatment, complaining of pain and local bleeding. Results: LLLT favored vaginal dilation therapy, reducing vaginal pain and bleeding, reducing recovery time. Conclusions: LLLT can be a resource to be considered in the treatment of radiation-induced vaginal stenosis. Implications for Cancer Survivors: The use of this technique demonstrates improving the patient's quality of life after treatment, leads to a decrease in pain, improves adherence to physical therapy treatment, facilitates sexual intercourse and follow-up exams.
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