Photodynamic therapy uses photosensitizing topical medication that is activated by a light source. The photosensitizing agent is put in the bloodstream through a vein or placed on the skin and soaks into the cancer cells. A light of a specific wavelength is then applied that makes the agent react with oxygen, forming a chemical that destroys the cancer cells.
Photodynamic Therapy treats Actinic Keratosis
This treatment has been approved for the treatment of sunspots, actinic keratosis. It may be necessary to repeat this treatment every 1-4 weeks.
Actinic keratosis is the most common pre-malignant skin lesion and can turn into squamous cell carcinoma. Actinic keratosis is rough lesions that range in color from skin tone to reddish brown.
It shows up on sun-exposed skin areas, such as the head, neck, forearms and hands. Most likely, 60 percent of fair-skinned, blue-eyed people who live in sunny areas will develop at least one actinic keratosis.
Benefits of Photodynamic Therapy
There are many advantages to PDT:
- No long-term side effects
- Quick, precise procedure
- Low chance of scarring
- Cheaper than other cancer treatments
If you would like to learn more about photodynamic therapy to treat actinic keratosis, contact the Total Skin Center located near Kansas City today.