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Can photodynamic therapy be used on basal cell cancer?
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology
3 doctors agree
In brief: PDT uses
A porphyrrin systemically, and there is light sensitivity for days to weeks, and then light.
To my knowledge, not approved, but it could work at higher cost and toxicity than dermatolgic surgery or radiotherapy. I'd have XRT if i had one, many get moh's, others go to plastic surgeons. Do we need a new high cost way to do this? I don't think so.

In brief: PDT uses
A porphyrrin systemically, and there is light sensitivity for days to weeks, and then light.
To my knowledge, not approved, but it could work at higher cost and toxicity than dermatolgic surgery or radiotherapy. I'd have XRT if i had one, many get moh's, others go to plastic surgeons. Do we need a new high cost way to do this? I don't think so.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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Dr. Arlo Miller
Dermatology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes, but
It could be used, but not with high expectation of cure.
These tumors are reliably cured with surgery. For certain basal cell cancers, topical treatments can be highly effective, but you need to consult with a dermatologist to determine if this is appropriate.

In brief: Yes, but
It could be used, but not with high expectation of cure.
These tumors are reliably cured with surgery. For certain basal cell cancers, topical treatments can be highly effective, but you need to consult with a dermatologist to determine if this is appropriate.
Dr. Arlo Miller
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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology
In brief: Apparently, yes.
Apparently, this is used to treat many conditions, including skin cancers like basal cell cancer.
It can even be used to treat acne.

In brief: Apparently, yes.
Apparently, this is used to treat many conditions, including skin cancers like basal cell cancer.
It can even be used to treat acne.
Dr. Joseph Woods
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