Photobiomodulation Therapy in the Treatment of Chronic Dysphagia Post Hormonal Therapy in a Breast Cancer Patient

Marwan El Mobadder,1,* Fadi Farhat,2 and Samir Nammour1

1Department of Dental Science, Faculty of medicine, University of Liège, 4000 Liège, Belgium;

2Department of Hematology–Oncology, Hammoud Hospital University Medical Centre, G. Hammoud Street, Sidon 652, Lebanon; moc.liamg@hcraeser.idafrd

*Correspondence: moc.liamg@redabom.nawram


Among the few supportive care measures available for the management of dysphagia, Photobiomodulation (PBM) therapy, defined as the therapeutic use of light, has shown significant promise. In this case report, effective management of chronic dysphagia post hormonal therapy in a breast cancer patient was made. Experts in the supportive care in cancer and PBM proposed and requested further investigations of the protocol used in this case report in the management of dysphagia. In this case report, the protocol of PBM was proposed by experts in supportive care in cancer. Functional outcome swallowing scale for staging oropharyngeal dysphagia was used to assess the effectiveness of the treatment in pre-operative, per and post-operative stage. This case reports that PBM is effective in the management of dysphagia, a side effect of hormonal therapy in a cancer patient.

Keywords: photobiomodulation, dysphagia, cancer, breast cancer, supportive care