Esophageal Cancer Photodynamic Therapy
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Photodynamic Therapy for Esophageal Cancer
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is an innovative treatment we use at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) to destroy esophageal cancer cells, while sparing healthy tissue. This esophageal cancer treatment uses light-activated drugs that collect only in the cancer cells, causing these cells to be more sensitive to light. Then, your doctor will apply a special laser light to the affected area using image guidance. As the laser shines, it causes a reaction in the cancer cells that eliminates them.
This form of treatment is often used to treat stage I esophageal cancer, or to alleviate symptoms associated with esophageal obstruction. It takes a few minutes to complete, and can be performed on an outpatient basis. Photodynamic therapy also requires little sedation and involves fewer risks than other esophageal cancer treatments, such as surgery.
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