PDT Photodynamic Therapy

Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) is a treatment that uses photosensitizing agents along with a blue light to destroy cancer cells. The photo sensitizing agent is applied to the skin and over time, the drug is absorbed by the cancer cells. PDT can also help destroy the blood vessels that feed the cancer cells by alerting the immune system to attack the cancer. PDT is used in people with certain types of cancer, usually Actinic Keratosis, to help them live longer and improve their quality of life. PDT is less invasive than surgery and it is a short outpatient procedure.  There are no long term side effects with this treatment and it can be repeated many times in the same site if needed. The cost of this treatment can be a lot less than other cancer treatments.