What is Photodynamic Therapy?
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) for cancer treatment is part of our comprehensive cancer care at Kotsanis Institute of Functional Medicine in Grapevine, TX. Our team is highly experienced in helping patients find more ways to eliminate cancer cells. Photodynamic therapy is a treatment that uses photosensitizing drugs and light to destroy cancer cells. The medication is absorbed by your cancer cells. When the light is applied, the photosensitizing drugs will make the cancer cells more susceptible to the light, which aims to destroy those cells. We will work closely with your medical team of physicians: oncologists, primary physicians, or other healthcare providers. We are not just a treatment clinic; we listen to our patients and are committed to delivering superior cancer care and compassion. Call and schedule an appointment for a consultation today.
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What are the Benefits of Photodynamic Therapy?
Patients choose to undergo photodynamic therapy for various reasons. PDT is a noninvasive treatment that does not require surgery or radiation, making it safer for patients with weaker immune systems. It also has fewer side effects than traditional cancer treatments like chemotherapy or radiation. Professionals at the Kotsanis Institute are proud to provide the following additional benefits in Grapevine, TX:
- Cancer cells treated with minimal damage to healthy tissue
- Effective treatment for difficult-to-reach areas of the body
- Ability to target and destroy specific cancer cells
- Overall fewer side effects compared to radiation or chemotherapy
Who Is a candidate for photodynamic Therapy?
The type of cancer you have and where the cancer is located are both determining factors in what photosynthesizing drugs and light therapy will be recommended. Candidates for photodynamic therapy:
- Have cancer where light can effectively reach, such as under the skin or organs close to the skin's surface.
- Have cancer that is not deeply grown into body or skin
- Do not have cancer that is spreading to other organs and body parts
- Do not have a medical condition (like a blood disease) that would prevent this treatment from being safe and effective
If you have localized cancer that is close to the skin, then you are most likely a great candidate for photodynamic therapy.
Our Photodynamic Therapy Technique
Once you've been approved for photodynamic therapy, we will select and administer a drug approved for photosensitization, like Photofrin or Levulan. There are many photodynamic drugs available today, and our will determine which one will be a great fit for you. Then, he'll treat the area where the cancer is located with light. The light can come from a laser or light-emitting diodes (LEDs). We can perform your photodynamic therapy right here in our office at Kotsanis Institute of Functional Medicine. Keep in mind that this treatment is only one part of your cancer care. Photodynamic therapy can work in tandem with surgery, chemotherapy, anti-cancer drugs, and radiation therapy.
What is Recovery Like With Photodynamic Therapy?
Most patients don't need an extended amount of downtime after undergoing photodynamic therapy. However, depending on the severity of your diagnosed cancer, you may need to take some time off from work or other regular activities to rest and heal properly. Our professionals at the Kotsanis Institute can provide comprehensive guidance and resources to ensure a successful recovery. We understand that cancer is an intimidating disease, but our experienced team members are dedicated to making your experience as comfortable and effective as possible.
Photodynamic Therapy FAQ
Is photodynamic therapy safe?
Like any medical treatment, photodynamic therapy can have side effects, often including sensitivity to light or effects on the immune system. However, when administered and monitored by our team at the Kotsanis Institute, photodynamic therapy can be safe and beneficial for most patients.
Does photodynamic therapy hurt?
Most patients experience little to no discomfort during photodynamic therapy. Some patients have reported a “burning or stinging” sensation associated with photodynamic therapy, but our team works to ensure that all photodynamic therapy procedures are completed with the utmost comfort and monitors all patients' recovery process.
What can photodynamic therapy treat?
- Basal cell cancer
- Bowen’s disease
- Skin cancers
- Actinic keratosis
- Esophageal cancer
- Non-small-cell lung cancer
- Age-related macular degeneration
Can photodynamic therapy be combined with other cancer treatments?
Absolutely. At Kotsanis Institute of Functional Medicine, we often use photodynamic therapy as part of a comprehensive cancer treatment plan. It can be used in conjunction with surgery, chemotherapy, anti-cancer drugs, and radiation therapy. Our team will work closely with your oncologists, primary physicians, or other healthcare providers to determine the best combination of treatments for your specific case.
How often will I need photodynamic therapy sessions?
The frequency of photodynamic therapy sessions can vary depending on the type and stage of cancer, as well as the overall treatment plan. After an in-depth consultation, our expert team at Kotsanis Institute will provide you with a personalized treatment schedule. Regular follow-ups will be essential for monitoring your progress and making necessary adjustments to your treatment regimen.
What should I expect during the follow-up appointments?
Follow-up appointments are crucial for monitoring the effectiveness of photodynamic therapy and your overall well-being. During these visits, our team at the Kotsanis Institute may conduct various tests or imaging studies to assess how well the treatment is working. You will also have the opportunity to discuss any side effects or concerns you may have, and your treatment plan may be adjusted accordingly.
We Can Battle Your Cancer With Light
Integrating photodynamic therapy into your cancer care may effectively help to improve the way you feel and how fast your cancer goes into remission. Our team will invite you to our practice to supplement your traditional cancer care with the integrative approach we offer with light. Let's talk about photodynamic therapy for your cancer care at Kotsanis Institute of Functional Medicine in Grapevine, TX.
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