It can be used to treat some skin and eye conditions, as well as certain types of cancer. On their own, the medicine and light source are harmless, but when the medicine is exposed to the light, it activates and causes a reaction that damages nearby cells. This allows small abnormal areas of tissue to be treated without the need for surgery.
Uses for photodynamic therapy (PDT) PDT can be used to treat abnormal cells in parts of the body that a light source can reach, such as the skin, eyes, mouth, food pipe (oesophagus) and lungs.
Conditions sometimes treated with PDT include:
PDT also shows promise in treating some other types of cancer, as well as warts, acne and extramammary Paget's disease (a pre-cancerous condition that affects skin in and around the groin).
Risks and side effects of photodynamic therapy (PDT) PDT is a very safe and effective treatment when it's used for conditions it's been officially approved (licensed) to treat.
But the following side effects are common:
Key benefits :
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