Can photodynamic therapy be used as an alternative to surgery for skin cancer near Reston, VA?
A diagnosis of skin cancer can be scary news for anyone. Many patients wonder what they should do to treat their condition. Drs. Neeraja Mattay and Nickolai Talanin of Dermatology Associates of Northern Virginia, Inc. may suggest skin cancer surgery. However, other patients may benefit from alternative options such as photodynamic therapy. Patients near the Reston, VA area can visit our practice to speak to our professionals about this solution.
What is photodynamic therapy?
Photodynamic therapy, also known as PDT, is used by dermatologists to kill cancer cells with light energy. It uses specialized medications that are activated by the light. It starts with a photosensitizing agent that is applied onto the skin. This agent is absorbed by the skin and then the light is directed to the treatment area. The medication then reacts to the light with oxygen that forms a chemical to target and kill the cancer cells. At the same time, the therapy may destroy blood vessels feeding the cancer cells and alert the body’s natural immune system to attack them as well.
What are some of the benefits of using photodynamic therapy as a treatment for skin cancer?
- Little to no scarring
- Precise targeting of the treatment area
- Less invasive than traditional surgery
- No long-term side effects with proper application
- Treatment can be repeated as needed at the same site
- More affordable than other cancer treatment options
Is photodynamic therapy right for you?
If you have received a diagnosis of skin cancer and are interested in learning about alternative solutions for your treatment, we encourage you to learn about the benefits of photodynamic therapy as an alternative to skin cancer surgery. Call Dermatology Associates of Northern Virginia, Inc. today to book an appointment at (866) 808-3140. The practice is in Centreville, VA at 13880 Braddock Rd, Ste. 301.
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