Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a relatively new treatment for certain types of non-melanoma skin cancers and pre-cancerous lesions (particularly Actinic Keratoses, Bowen’s disease (BD) and Superficial Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC).
The most common non melanoma skin cancers are Basal Cell Carcinomas (BCCs) and Squamous Cell Carcinomas (SCCs).
The treatment of the above conditions is normally given in two stages:
A dermatologist will first diagnose the lesions and will discuss with the patient which are suitable for treatment. He will apply a cream to the skin; there is then a short delay to allow the drug to be taken up by the abnormal skin cells.
The second stage of the treatment involves shining a strong red light directly on the affected area for a few minutes. The light activates the drug in the cream, which kills off the abnormal cells.
This procedure does not require an anaesthetic and it is performed in our out-patients department. Most UK insurance policies cover this procedure (but we advise that you check with your insurer before having any treatment)