One Arizona doctor has become the first in the state to offer her patients photodynamic therapy – or PDT to clear a patient’s airway when a tumor is blocking it. PDT is a palliative treatment which works to improve a patient’s overall quality of life while they continue traditional cancer treatment. It works by injecting a chemical which makes the patient’s entire body, and the tumor, photosensitive. The doctor then goes into the airway with a fiber optic cable to essentially burn the tumor away.
As Sharad Chandrika, MD, Medical Director of Cardiopulmonary, Pulmonologist & Intensivist, at Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Phoenix explains, “The treatment has been around for decades…[and] is now making a resurgence.
Find out more about how the procedure works and hear from a patient whose life has been positively impacted HERE.
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