Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) is an established treatment for low risk skin cancers and sun damaged cells. It uses special drugs, called photosensitising agents, along with light exposure to remove cancer cells. When the drug comes into contact with a specific wavelength of light, a form of oxygen is produced that kills off nearby cancer cells, while causing minimal damage to the surrounding tissues.
The treatment occurs in three stages.
- Preparation of the treatment area
- Application of the photosensitising agent to the treatment area
- Exposure of the treatment area to the activating wavelength of light
If you would like to discuss your options of PDT with one of our Dermatologists please send through a referral from your GP.