Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) targets cancerous cells using a combination of a cream that makes cancer cells sensitive to light and exposure to light of a particular wavelength. It is an effective treatment for certain subtypes of skin cancers and pre cancers (actinic keratoses).
PDT is an alternative to surgery, can be used to treat more than one lesion at the same time and is commonly used to treat a field of sun damaged skin, eg. full face, decolletage, scalp, forearms or hands.
PDT has been shown to be fast and very effective in treating sun damaged skin. The process involves a variable amount of discomfort – not everybody is the same. Downtime varies from a few days up to 2 weeks.
Cost of PDT depends on the area treated and number of sessions required. PDT is not covered under Medicare. Some private health insurance companies provide a rebate for this treatment.
To find out more about PDT treatment for skin cancer at 4D Skin Cancer Clinic in Newcastle, call us today.