Photodynamic Therapy Option for Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer
Skin Cancer Care Specialists | October 2, 2019
When it comes to non-melanoma skin cancers such as certain types of Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma and Actinic Keratosis, Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) is another option for treatment that does not include invasive surgery. PDT uses photosensitizer drugs in the form of a cream to destroy cancer cells when they are exposed to certain types of light.
Photodynamic Therapy can be used on Basal Cell Carcinomas, Squamous Cell Carcinomas, and Actinic Keratosis that are categorized as one or all of the following:
- Healing poorly
- Cosmetically sensitive (areas exposed to the public such as the face)
- Patient has multiple lesions
- Lesions cover a large area
- Cancer is in the form of a very thin nodular lesion
A normal PDT treatment given by Dr. Weisberg at Skin Cancer Care Specialists would start with the application of the photosensitizer drug. This drug is in the form of a cream that is applied to the area and absorbed by the cancerous cells. The area is then exposed to a certain type of light. The drug absorbs the light which creates a chemical reaction that kills the cancer cells without affecting the surrounding skin surface and the light intensity is directly dependent on the type of cancer being treated.
Photodynamic Therapy is offered as a treatment option for certain types of non-melanoma skin cancers and actinic keratosis at Skin Cancer Care Specialists in Jupiter, FL. Dr. Weisberg is a fellowship trained Mohs surgeon who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of a broad range of skin conditions including all types of skin cancers. To schedule your appointment with Dr. Weisberg please contact our office at 561-775-6011.