Photobiomodulation and gynaecological cancer therapy-related complications: What is known?

BJMO - volume 18, issue 1, february 2024

M. Claes MSc, E. Vandaele MSc, J. Robijns PhD, J. Mebis MD


Cancer treatment options are steadily improving, but the resulting side effects remain a significant burden. Some of these adverse events can occur in the genitourinary system and often lack a comprehensive management approach. Photobiomodulation therapy (PBM) uses visible or (near)-infrared light to stimulate tissue regeneration. This narrative review discusses the most common cancer therapy-related adverse events in the genitourinary sphere, the causative factors, their current treatment options, and the possible use of PBM in their management strategies. The findings suggest that PBM has the potential to be effective in the treatment of gynaecological cancer therapy-related complications, but further research is required.

(BELG J MED ONCOL 2024;18(1):4–9)

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A digital automated health monitoring system for oncology patients during the COVID-19 pandemic: practical issues and lessons for the future

BJMO - volume 15, issue 6, october 2021

J. Robijns PhD, J. Lodewijckx MSc, K. Wijnen PhD, S. Snoekx MSc, R. Hilkens RN , S. Bortels RN , H. Lenders RN , W. Nassen RN , E. Dewaele MD, D. Luyten MD, E. Joosens MD, A. Requilé MD, Y. Verheezen MD, T. Wessels MD, P. Bulens MD, J. Mebis MD


During the COVID-19 pandemic, patients with cancer are subject to multiple risks (e.g., frequent hospital visits, increased infection risk, more severe clinical course, discontinued cancer treatment). Patients undergoing cancer therapy can face quality of life (QoL) – impairing side effects. Both for COVID-19 positive and negative patients who will continue or discontinue cancer treatment throughout the pandemic, providing supportive care is more important than ever. Digitally monitoring patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) could offer a solution to improve the supportive care during cancer treatment, and certainly in times of COVID–19.

A prospective cohort trial was performed between August 2020 and February 2021 at the Jessa Hospital (Hasselt, Belgium), evaluating the feasibility and usability of a digital patient monitoring (DPM) system to collect PROMs of oncology patients undergoing chemotherapy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on available evidence from our trial, digitalised PROMs could significantly contribute to improved communication, patient satisfaction, supportive care, monitoring cancer treatment, and detecting problems. However, the DPM system needs fine-tuning to lead to a patient and healthcare worker-friendly system, fully incorporated in the electronic health records without losing the personal contact between patient and healthcare team.

(BELG J MED ONCOL 2021;15(6):292-303)

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BJMO - volume 12, issue 3, february 2018

J. Robijns PhD, S. Censabella , S. Claes , Luc Pannekoeke , Lore Bussé , D. Colson , Iris Kaminski , A. Maes MD, P. Bulens MD, M. Brosens , L. Noé MD, Ivo Lambrichts , A. Timmermans , V. Somers , J. Mebis MD

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The role of photobiomodulation therapy in the care of cancer patients: review of the literature

BJMO - volume 11, issue 8, december 2017

J. Robijns PhD, S. Censabella , P. Bulens MD, A. Maes MD, L. Noé MD, M. Brosens , L. Van den Bergh MD, PhD, S. Claes , J. Mebis MD


Photobiomodulation therapy is based on the application of visible and/or (near-)infrared light on the target tissue. We performed a review of 34 articles on the use of photobiomodulation therapy in the management of cancer related lymphoedema, oral mucositis, radiodermatitis, chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy, osteonecrosis of the jaw, and xerostomia/hyposalivation. The findings suggest that photobiomodulation therapy is a promising option for the management of these cancer therapy-related side effects.

(BELG J MED ONCOL 2017;11(8):364–374)

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