Photodynamic Therapy, or PDT is a sometimes called Blue Light treatment for skin cancer. It treats pre-cancer cells pre-clinically beneath the surface. Sarah, our Physician Assistant answers questions about PDT while the patient is undergoing the Blue Light treatment for 16 minutes and 40 seconds.
Some of the patients get the benefit of having smoother skin, a cosmetic overlap from the treatment, even though they are being treated for pre-cancer.
Watch as a patient undergoes the actual procedure of Photodynamic Therapy, or PDT. After the pre-treatment as explained in our previous post, the patient is now under the Blue Light. Goggles are necessary to protect the eyes. Levulon, the solution in the pre-treatment is now being absorbed by the pre-cancerous cells. Dr. Mejia, a skin cancer specialist and surgeon oversees all the procedures.
Sarah, our Physician Assistant, discusses the pre-treatment for PDT or Photodynamic Therapy. She explains how the solution of levulon is absorbed into the skin. PDT treats cancerous spots and prevents precancer before it turns to skin cancer. The solution is put on the patient for an hour and a half during which time the solution soaks to the skin. Later during the blue light therapy, the patients skin reacts to the blue light. PDT is a preventative treatment. It treats precancer spots and prevents turning from basal cell carcinoma to squamous cell carcinoma.