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Level 1, 1 Bowes Place, Phillip, ACT, 2606

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(02) 6285 4112

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Woden Dermatology

Photo Dynamic Therapy

Photo Dynamic Therapy

PDT is a treatment that is used to treat certain types of sunspots and skin cancers. PDT is performed by applying a cream to the skin cancer which makes the skin cancer cells sensitive to light. A red light is then applied over the area which actives the cream leading to inflammation and destruction of the skin cancer cells.

PDT has been shown to give up to 80% cure rates to patients who are prone to skin lesions such as superficial basal cell carcinoma’s (BCC), actinic keratoses (sun spots) and may be useful to treat non-invasive squamous cell carcinoma’s (Bowens disease). PDT is not usually suitable for the treatment of invasive SCC nor melanomas. It is also not appropriate to treat certain high risk basal cell carcinoma’s (BCC). It is not advisable to have PDT if you are pregnant or breast feeding.

For the most effective results PDT is usually given in 2 sessions 1-3 weeks apart. However, this may vary depending on the number and the severity of the lesions, as well as the severity of the reaction following the initial treatment. 

You will require an appointment with one of our Dermatologists whereby PDT will be recommended if you are suitable for the treatment. Unfortunately PDT is not covered by Medicare so please ensure you are provided with a quote prior to receiving this treatment.

Daylight Photo Dynamic Therapy

Day light PDT is a treatment that is used to treat certain types of sunspots and skin cancers. It is performed by applying a cream to the skin cancer which makes the skin cancer cells sensitive to sunlight. Exposure to sunlight activates the cream leading to the production of reactive oxygen molecules and destruction of the cancerous cells.

Daylight PDT is usually a one-off treatment, unless otherwise specified by a Dermatologist. You will require an appointment with one of our Dermatologists whereby Daylight PDT will be recommended if you are suitable for the treatment. Unfortunately Daylight PDT is not covered by Medicare so please ensure you are provided with a quote prior to receiving this treatment.

 

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