What are the side effects of photodynamic therapy?
Other possible side effects of PDT include:
- Swelling at or near the area of skin treated.
- Discoloration of the skin.
- Scales, crusts or blisters on the skin receiving treatment.
- Itching, stinging or burning.
- Skin infections.
How does PDT prevent skin cancer?
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) uses a drug and a special type of light. You absorb the drug which makes your cells sensitive to light. Your doctor then shines a special light on the treatment area which destroys the cancer cells.
Can light therapy cause skin cancer?
The effects of UV light on the skin and the connection to skin cancer is widely known. Therefore, patient education on the risk for skin cancer with phototherapy is essential. Evidence suggests that UVB phototherapy remains a safe treatment modality. These patients may be at increased risk for skin cancer.
What is PDT for skin cancer?
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) uses light sources combined with a light-sensitive drug to destroy cancer cells. PDT is particularly useful in areas where the skin cancer develops directly over bone, such as on the shins and hands.