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Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)

PDT is available only at our Dulwich rooms. This is a non-surgical treatment option for

  • Extensive areas of solar keratoses (sun damage)
  • Superficial Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Bowen's disease (in-situ Squamous Cell Carcinoma)

PDT can be a useful alternative to surgery if

  • Surgery is contraindicated
  • The patient does not want surgical removal

PDT involves the following

  • the area to be treated is prepared by removing crust and scale from the surface
  • a cream containing methylaminolevulinate is applied onto the lesion
  • 3 hours later, a light source delivering 630nm wavelength of light is directed onto the lesion and a photochemical reaction takes place

Our Aktlite lamp in the Norwood rooms delivers red light of a 630nm wavelength onto the skin cancer

This procedure is not covered by Medicare. If PDT is considered suitable for your condition, the procedure will be explained in more detail, and the costs will be discussed with you.