Photodynamic therapy addresses pre-malignant growths and precancerous cells. This treatment works by using specialized drugs known as photosensitizing agents in tandem with light. When activated by certain wavelengths of light, the drugs begin to work killing precancerous cells. This form of treatment is sometimes referred to as PDT, phototherapy and photochemotherapy.
Photodynamic therapy is used to treat actinic keratosis as well as other pre-malignant growths that may lead to more malignant lesions. It can also be used for acne, warts and actinic keratoses. PDT treatments can be painful for some patients creating a burning and tingling sensation in the skin. Consult closely with your physician about the side effects of PDT and whether it is the right option for you.
We recommend consulting a specialist to help determine if photodynamic therapy is the best treatment option for you.