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Dr. Arvind Kulkarni is an experienced Oncologist in Sangamvadi, Pune. You can meet Dr. Arvind Kulkarni personally at Dr. Arvind Kulkarni@Ruby Hall Clinic in Sangamvadi, Pune. You can book an instant appointment online with Dr. Arvind Kulkarni on Lybrate.com.

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Treating Skin Cancer with Photodynamic Therapy

BHMS, PG Diploma In Clinical Cosmetology (PGDCC), MD - Homeopathy
Homeopath, Greater Noida
Treating Skin Cancer with Photodynamic Therapy

Photodynamic therapy or PDT is a relatively new and non-invasive treatment for non melanomaskin cancer. It is mostly used in cases where the cancer is superficial and has not spread too deep. PDT is used mostly to treat Actinic Keratoses on the face and scalp, Basal cell carcinomas, Bowen’s disease, as well as other conditions such as head and neck, mouth, lung and gullet cancer.

How does it work?
This treatment involves the use of a drug known as photosensitize or a photosensitizing agent with a specific type of light. When the photosensitizing agents get exposed to a light of a specific wavelength, a form of oxygen is produced, which eliminates nearby cancer cells. Every photosensitizer gets activated by the special light. The wavelength of the light determines how much it can penetrate into the body.

Process of Photodynamic therapy
Skin cancer is cured by PDT in several steps. The first step involves the injection of a photosensitizer into the patient’s bloodstream. The blood cells absorb the agent all over the body, but in the cancer cells, it stays for a longer duration. Within 72 hours after the injection is given, the skin is exposed to light. The photosensitizer agent present in the cancer affected cells absorbs the light. An active oxygen form gets produced, which kills the cancer cells.

Other than killing the cancer cells directly, PDT uses two other ways to destroy cancerous tumors. The blood vessels in the tumor are affected, which leads to its death. The immune system also gets charged up and activated for fighting the cancer cells.

The light used for PDT is usually in the form of a laser. LEDs are also used to treat tumors present on the surface of the skin. The primary photosensitizing agent used in PDT is called porfimer sodium or Photofrin.

PDT can be undertaken in the outpatient department in a hospital. After taking the treatment, you have to keep the cancer affected area of the skin dry and covered for 36 hours. The area should be treated with care while showering. In case of thick skin lesions, repeat treatments are required within 4 weeks.

When is PDT used for skin cancer
PDT can be undertaken instead of surgery for treating basal cell cancer, Bowen’s disease and actinic keratosis. PDT is used in cases where surgeries are required. It is used to treat large skin cancers, which are not very deep and in the case when several cancers develop in an area. For many skin conditions, PDT is a better remedy than undergoing a surgery.

Advantages of PDT

  1. There are no long term side effects.
  2. The process is less invasive compared to surgery.
  3. A very short time is taken for this therapy to be undertaken.
  4. The process can be repeated several times in the same area.
  5. Very less scarring takes place in the affected area.
    1. The cost of this procedure is lesser than surgery. 

      If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a dermatologist.

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Is any cure available for Cancer? And how can we away from this disease to our parents.

DNB, MBBS
Oncologist, Faridabad
Cancer can be treated with long periods of relapse free survival if diagnosed early or behaviour wise it is not very aggressive (indolent). We must go for routine checkup for our parents and keep them away from known cancer causing substances.
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In my right breast I have 2 cyst, for that I'm taking homeopathy medicine but it's still same in situation, actually I'm afraid about it can you please tell what should I do for it?

DNB, MBBS
Oncologist, Faridabad
Please get a ultrasound breast done and needed needle aspirations to know the cause, usually due to hormonal changes such cysts are normal and may be left untreated.
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My wife she is 48 years now. She is complaining of severe pain in her Right side Breast. Also she is going through mane pause. What is the reason & to whom shall I take her for check up.

FMAS, MS
General Surgeon, Gandhinagar
Respected lybrate-user, reason is her hormonal changes due to menopause. If you want I can give some medications advice else you can get her ultrasonography or consult endocrinologist for the same.
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I m suffering from cancer I m condition so bad please send me some medicine I am so bad please help I m so bad condition.

MD Radiation Oncology, ESMO Certified Medical Oncologist, DM Medical Oncology (Pursuing)
Oncologist, Mumbai
Hello, please do not panic and send me detailed reports so that I can help you further. This is required as the treatment of cancer depends on its type, site and many other things.
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What is the symptoms of cancer and hepatitis b. What medicine will be good for that disease. Please help me.

MBBS
General Physician, Jalgaon
What is the symptoms of cancer and hepatitis b. What medicine will be good for that disease. Please help me.
Cancer occur at particular organ, symptoms differ accordingly hepatitis b. Nausea, loss of appetite, weakness yellow conjunctiva may or may not present diagnosis is made by hbasg test and liver function test.
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My father is 87. He is suffering from cancer. Cancer spread in lungs, liver and gallbladder. We are consulting many doctors. But all are negative answer.Please reply.

MD - Radiothrapy
Oncologist, Hubli-Dharwad
What is the primary site of the cancer Seems to have metastatic cancer, Advanced age, Poor General condition . That may be the reason
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Hii I am 48 years old suffering with genital cancer 3rd stage all tomy. Done surgically. After more therapy. Again attract of metastasis in body start what can I do.

DNB, MBBS
Oncologist, Faridabad
Dear sir, please tell us the site of metastases, if it is regional, means lymph nodes or within the region then re -surgery or radiation therapy may be offered. Please also specify the site of primary disease as genitals are wide term, it may be penile, testicle, prostate and the treatment would vary in each case. If metastases is distant then chemotherapy may be needed.
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I have cough from 3 months and have pain in lungs. Can anyone tell me symptoms of lung cancer.

Ex Sen.V.Surgeon/Research Scientist, M.D.(Alternative Medicine/tibetan/chinese/acupuncture), Vaida/ Unani, Homeopath
Unani Specialist, Moga
Symptoms;--generally pain is main symptom but mainly --------- depend upon the organs involved. Here other symptoms can be -bleeding, obstruction, ulceration, fever, cough, vomit weakness, loss of appetite, indigestion etc. Etc.
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What is skin cancer. What are its symptoms. What are the precautions to be taken by a person suffering from skin cancer?

DNB, MBBS
Oncologist, Faridabad
Skin cancers are superficial cancers caused by abnormal proliferation of skin cells, presenting as ulceration, lump or swelling, mole which starts increasing in size avoidance of ultraviolet radiation by limited sun exposure and using sunscreen, watching carefully any lump or mole if it changes it's nature and suddenly starts growing.
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