The nurse is educating a patient with cervical cancer about the reasons for undergoing laser therapy. Which of the following statements indicate that the patient correctly understands the nurse's explanation?

"This procedure is done because the doctor is able to see all the edges of my cancer clearly."

Explanation

• When all boundaries of the lesion are visible, laser surgery is used and is usually performed in an outpatient setting. A laser beam is used to burn off abnormal cells or to remove tissue for biopsy.

• Laser therapy does not prevent regrowth of abnormal cervical cells. Since laser surgery is painless, there is no need to receive general anesthesia during the procedure. Too much cancer is not the correct reason for performing laser surgery.

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