Photodynamic Therapy General Advice
PDT General Advice
This charity works with and recommends PDT services based at NHS hospitals and NHS clinics. We also endorse the many private clinics that are operated by NHS staff.
However, we are aware of some clinics, operating outside the rules and governance of the NHS, are offering PDT services that we don’t feel able to recommend at all. If a cancer treatment is described on these pages, it is because it is regulated and has received approvals from highly reputable NHS-based organisations.
We are aware that other clinics may make claims that we, as KILLING Cancer, do not feel have been sufficiently well verified, and they offer treatments that have not checked by authorities that we recognise.
Any NHS centre mentioned on this website has to adhere to the most stringent medical guidelines, and trials and trial procedures are regulated, monitored and approved by a Peer Review process.
The NHS people are also subject to the greatest professional scrutiny.
Prior to a trial ‘opening’, all drugs have to be approved by the MHRA – the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency. It is an agency of the Department of Health and its role is to enhance and safeguard the health of the public by ensuring that medicines and medical devices work and are acceptably safe. To quote from the MHRA website: “No product is risk-free. Underpinning all our work lie robust and fact-based judgements to ensure that the benefits to patients and the public justify the risks.” As well as the drugs and devices used, the trials have to be approved by medical ethics groups and committees – comprised of some of the most talented medical professionals. I do appreciate that patients and their families living and dealing with cancer will wish to explore every possible route to find the answers they so dearly want. I paid thousands to private clinics and medical ‘experts’ in the hope of finding an answer for my eldest daughter’s tumour. In my daughter’s case, the promises of PDT success from the private clinics came to nothing. It was the NHS that came to the rescue and provided the solution. My personal advice would be to always seek a PDT opinion on any proposed treatment.
I do appreciate that patients and their families living and dealing with cancer will wish to explore every possible route to find the answers they so dearly want. I paid thousands to private clinics and medical ‘experts’ in the hope of finding an answer for my eldest daughter’s tumour. It did not work. It is for this reason that I encourage you to act with caution if you do consider treatments outside the NHS ‘system’.