TODAY’S TOPIC IS PHOTODYNAMIC THERAPY..
What is Photodynamic therapy you ask?? Here is the answer.
PDT is used to treat pre-cancers of the skin, and is being tested against pre-cancers in the mouth and other places.
Aminolevulinic acid is a drug that’s put right on the skin. It’s used to treat actinic keratosis (AK), a skin condition that can become cancer, and is used only on the face or scalp. A special blue light, rather than laser light, is used to activate this drug.
Depending on the part of the body being treated, the photosensitizing agent is either put into the bloodstream through a vein or put on the skin. Ours is put on the skin. Over a certain amount of time the drug is absorbed by the cancer cells. Then light is applied to the area to be treated. The light causes the drug to react with oxygen, which forms a chemical that kills the cells. PDT might also help by destroying the blood vessels that feed the cancer cells and by alerting the immune system to attack the cancer.
GIVE US A CALL TO BE SEEN BY A PROVIDER. SKIN CANCER CAN BE JUST AS DANGEROUS AS ANY OTHER CANCER THAT IS UNTREATED.