Cheaper and quicker PDT treatments will reduce NHS costs and shorten queues
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If 1,500 head and neck cancer patients had PDT next year, instead of having major surgery and the need for re-constructive surgery to rebuild their faces, the NHS would save almost £50million.
If 1,500 Barrett’s oesophagus patients had PDT, rather than a full oesophagectomy, the saving would be nearly £30million.
For those patients, the saving includes many fewer days in hospital – equating to roughly 85 years. For the Barrett’s patients, with surgery the patient is usually off work for 3 – 6 months, and ends up requiring a different diet – their lives changed forever.
For the head and neck patient, with surgery they could lose taste and reduced ability to produce saliva. But for those 3,000 patients having PDT, a completely normal life can resume in weeks or months.
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