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Therapeutic Revolution in Dermatology
Date:4/29/2010

MONACO, April 29, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- At the 10th Congress of the European Society for Photodynamic Therapy (Euro PDT), held in Monaco on March 12-13, 2010, Professor Lasse Braathen (Tromso, Norway), president of the Euro PDT, described the current state of topical photodynamic therapy, a revolutionary treatment for precancerous skin lesions and superficial skin carcinomas. He also underscored the major role played by the Euro PDT, whose objective is to promote research, development, and clinical applications of PDT in Europe.

What are PDT's indications and advantages?

Professor Lasse Braathen: Today, PDT is the treatment of choice for non-melanoma skin cancers. Euro-PDT's recommendations specify that topical PDT could be one of the treatments of choice for actinic keratoses, Bowen's disease, and superficial and even nodular baso-cellular skin cancers, which are the most common skin cancers and are caused by exposure to the sun (1).

PDT avoids recourse to surgery and its scarring after effects. Hence its advantages are obvious: this treatment allows recovery in five years in more than 80% of cases with no visible scar; this is an essential advantage in cosmetic terms for lesions in open areas of the skin, especially those on the face and neckline. This represents undeniable therapeutic progress that is also very simple to apply. This treatment is also very specific in that it destroys only cancerous cells. It also makes it possible to treat large areas of skin in a single session with excellent tolerance and perfect cosmetic results, which is especially appreciated by patients.


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