Is PDT suitable for me?
Please find below general questions and asnwers of the most common questions about Photodynamic Therapy. If you need any further information please email us at KillingCancer.co.uk
You should go to your GP as a starting point. There are many things that can be mistaken for skin cancer. If your GP is concerned, they will refer you to a dermatologist for an expert opinion..
No. PDT can’t help. You should seek medical advice immediately.
PDT is used now for the treatment of the most common Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC). Another word for it is a Rodent Ulcer. PDT also treats Bowen’s disease and Actinic Keratosis..
A lot of GPs are not aware of PDT so you may need to be persistent. Tell them about this website. There is a lot of pubished information from NICE and other organisations, including Cancer Research UK. For your benefit, you should make sure that your doctor discusses all the treatment options with you..
Depending on how large or deep the skin cancer could be, PDT may not suitable. It is important that you ask what all your options are. Remember, only a trained dermatologist who DOES PDT will be able to decide if PDT may be suitable.
Please use the hospital locator on this website to find the nearest hospital which has PDT. You will still have to get a referral from your GP. It is not normally possible to contact the hospital directly. In the UK system everything starts with GP. However you can ask to be referred to a hospital that offers PDT.
On the right hand side of the main Home page is a list of the conditions where PDT is in trial or approved. Please click on them to get the information they need..