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How Often Is Photodynamic Therapy Needed?

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Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a pioneering approach to cancer treatment that employs the power of light and a photosensitive drug to help destroy cancerous cells. It is a less invasive alternative to traditional therapies and is used at Kotsanis Institute of Functional Medicine in Grapevine, TX as a part of a holistic cancer treatment approach. Photodynamic therapy's unique combination of light and medicine allows it to target specific areas of the body, reducing harm to healthy tissue. It has proven effective in treating several types of cancers, including skin, lung, and esophageal.

How does photodynamic therapy work?

The fundamental premise of photodynamic therapy is a two-step process. First, a photosensitive drug is introduced into the patient's body. This drug can absorb certain wavelengths of light, transforming that energy into a form that can destroy cancer cells. The drug, however, is inactive until it is exposed to light. Once a sufficient concentration of the drug has been achieved in the body, usually after a few days, the second part of the therapy begins. A light source is then applied directly to the cancerous area, activating the drug. The light causes the drug to react with oxygen, creating a chemical that helps kill the cancer cells.

Holistic cancer treatment approach at Kotsanis Institute

At Kotsanis Institute in Grapevine, TX, we believe in a comprehensive, individualized approach to cancer treatment. Our multidisciplinary team offers a blend of conventional and innovative therapies, with photodynamic therapy being one of our leading techniques. By integrating photodynamic therapy with nutritional, lifestyle, and other complementary therapies, we can support our patients' overall well-being while targeting the cancer itself. Our commitment is to provide a care plan that respects the complexity of the human body and the uniqueness of each patient's journey.

How often is photodynamic therapy needed?

The frequency of photodynamic therapy sessions varies depending on the patient's specific condition, the type of cancer, its location, and its stage. Typically, the therapy may be repeated every 2 – 3 weeks for several cycles. However, it's important to remember that each patient's treatment plan is unique. At Kotsanis Institute, our skilled team tailors the treatment frequency and duration to each individual, constantly monitoring progress and adjusting the plan as necessary. Frequent follow-up appointments are also crucial to track the effectiveness of the therapy and make any required adjustments.

Target cancer with PDT in Grapevine, TX

Our mission at Kotsanis Institute of Functional Medicine is to offer you a patient-centered, holistic approach to health and healing. Located in Grapevine, TX, we serve patients near Southlake, Coppell, Flower Mound, Euless, Bedford, and Colleyville, TX. If you or your loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, we encourage you to explore photodynamic therapy as a potential treatment option. Remember, every health journey is unique and requires a personalized approach. We are here to guide you, provide support, and give you the best possible care, regardless of the path you choose. Contact us today to learn more about photodynamic therapy and how it could fit into your holistic cancer treatment plan.

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