Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)

Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a non-surgical treatment, provided by a doctor, for skin cancer. We can treat solar keratoses, superficial basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and intraepithelial carcinoma (IEC).


BCC is the most common form of skin cancer. Conventional treatment of BCC requires surgical excision.

PDT provides a non-surgical alternative for some types of BCC.

PDT utilises a photosensitising agent, oxygen and light, to create a chemical reaction that selectively destroys cancer cells.

PDT treatment involves the following steps:

  • A light-activated cream is applied to the area.
  • The patient then waits approximately three hours for this cream to be thoroughly absorbed into the cells.
  • The doctor will then place the area to be treated under a bright red light. The light exposure lasts approximately eight minutes.
  • Some patients may be illuminated using daylight.

Due to the non-invasive and selective nature of the treatment, the potential for scarring and side effects are minimised. 

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