Photodynamic Therapy

Photodynamic therapy (PDT) uses laser light in combination with an injectable drug to kill cancer cells.  The drug is injected into the veins, and is taken up by all the cells in the body, but particularly in those affected by cancer.  In the cancer cells the drug becomes concentrated.  A few days after receiving the medication you will have a bronchoscopy.  During the bronchoscopy a laser light is shone at the tumour, triggering the drug and killing the cancer cells.

This treatment may be used for early non small cell lung cancer when other treatments are not suitable.  It can also be used when cancer cells are blocking the airways.

Following the injection you will be very sensitive to the light for up to 30 days depending on the drug used, rarely this can continue for up to 90 days.  If exposed to too much light your skin may become reddened similar to sunburn. To prevent this reddening you will need to cover exposed skin and wear sunglasses.

For more information on receiving PDT click here.