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7. Photodynamic Therapy

Woman receiving photodynamic therapy for skin cancer; red light

Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a relatively new, alternative therapy for the treatment of many cancers, including skin cancers.

How does it work?

To begin, the surgeon will inject the patient with a certain drug or apply it to the skin. This drug’s job is to collect cells, especially cancerous ones. Later, the surgeon will then use a special light to activate the drug. Once activated, the drug begins killing the cells it has collected.

What type of cancer can it treat?

PDT is not as common as other forms of treatment. When medical providers use it, though, it is typically for less serious cases of cancer or even AKs, although researchers hope it can later be useful in treating more serious cancers in the future.

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