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. Board-certified otolaryngologist Dr. Constantine Kotsanis 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. Dr. Kotsanis 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.
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, Dr. Kotsanis will select and administer a drug approved for photosensitization, like Photofrin or Levulan. There are many photodynamic drugs available today, and Dr. Kotsanis 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.
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. Dr. Kotsanis and his team 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.