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Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) Abroad

Details of international hospitals and medical centers performing Photodynamic Therapy for cancer patients.

Neolife Oncology Center

Our center is the reference center specialized in oncology performing the latest treatment protocols and supporting the individual treatment with physical and social aspects by virtue of the cutting-edge technological equipment as well as physicians and health professionals.

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Prof. Ufuk Abacıoğlu

Head of Oncology Department

Dr. Nesrin Aslan

Nuclear Medicine Specialist

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Rambam Medical Center

The Oncology Institute at Rambam Health Care Campus is a multi-disciplinary center for cancer treatment. It is certified by the European Society for Clinical Oncology (ESMO) as an integrated center for cancer treatment and support services, and is the only institute of its kind in Northern Israel.

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Dr. David Kakiashvili

Urologic Oncologist

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HM Hospitales

HM Hospitales is a hospital group with six private hospitals in Madrid: three general hospitals, a cardiovascular hospital, an oncological center and a women's health hospital.

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Medicana Healthcare Group

Cancer therapy is comprised of a group of therapies which necessitates operation of multiple medical branches in cooperation. Here, various surgical branches work in cooperation with Radiation Oncologists and Medical Oncologists.

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Dr. Mutlu Demiray

Oncologist

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Grupo Hospitalario Quirón

Quirón has an internationally prestigious medical staff, the largest in the sector, and is also the principal hospital network in terms of patient numbers and care facility area. The group administers 38 healthcare centers, more than 2,864 hospital beds and 7,500 associate doctors.

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Medipol Mega University Hospital

Medipol Mega Hospital Complex is a modern medical facility with four specialist hospitals and an extensive selection of high caliber medical devices available for use. The hospital provides treatments in a wide variety of medical fields in its 470 bed facility.

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Prof. Dr. Mehmet Faruk Köse

OB-GYN, Gynecologic Oncology Surgery Specialist

Prof. Dr. Seniye Sema Anak

Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Specialist

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Koc University Hospital

Our comprehensive cancer program consists of specialized physicians, cancer nurses, psycho-oncologists and patient care coordinators who work together to provide the best available care to our cancer patients and their families in a caring environment.

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Hisar Intercontinental Hospital

Hisar Intercontinental Hospital not only provides early diagnosis programs for cancer, but also offers a private treatment plan by combining the experience of the physicians and operation team with all the facilities of advanced technology.

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Bangkok Hospital Pattaya

This multi-specialty tertiary hospital offers various medical services as well as dental procedures to local and overseas patients. It serves over 100,000 international patients every year.

9 listed oncologists:

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Dr. Napaporn Ketvatanawes

Gynecological - Oncology

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Gleneagles Global Hospitals

The Department of Medical Oncology at Gleneagles Global Hospitals is known for its superior patient care and clinical outcomes. Medical oncologists work together with the surgeons and radiotherapists in deciding the treatment and delivering it.

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About Photodynamic Therapy

This information is intended for general information only and should not be considered as medical advice on the part of Health-Tourism.com. Any decision on medical treatments, after-care or recovery should be done solely upon proper consultation and advice of a qualified physician.

What is Photodynamic Therapy?
Photodynamic therapy is a treatment method that uses a drug known as a photosensitizing agent and a special kind of light to treat skin cancer, acne and sun damage.
During photodynamic therapy the photosensitizing drug is exposed to a particular wavelength of light. This activates the photosensitizing agent and oxygen is produced during this process, which helps in eliminating the cancer cells. The distance that the light can travel in the body is determined by the wavelength. Therefore, different parts of the body are treated with particular wavelengths of lights during photodynamic therapy.

How to Prepare for Photodynamic Therapy?

  • The patient’s skin will be cleansed using an acetone scrub and mild chemical peel before the drug is applied, for better penetration.
  • Aminolevulinic acid is applied on the skin surface that needs to be treated. This will be absorbed in 30 minutes to 3 hours, depending on the patient’s condition and the kind of light that is used.
  • The patient may feel a burning discomfort during the photodynamic therapy. Fans may be used to provide some relief.

How is Photodynamic Therapy Performed?
  • A photosensitizing drug is injected into the patient’s bloodstream.
  • The photosensitizing drug is taken in by the cells in the body and the cancer cells absorb the photosensitizing drug for a longer duration.
  • After the injection is in the patient’s body for 24 to 72 hours, the photosensitizing drug leaves the normal cells, but stays in the cancer cells.
  • Then light is directed on the tumor.
  • The photosensitizing drug in the cancer cells absorbs the light and an active type of oxygen is formed that destroys the cancer cells.
  • Photodynamic therapy helps in destroying the cancer cells in two other ways.
  • Blood vessels in the tumor are damaged by the photosensitizing drug; therefore nutrients cannot reach the cancer cells.
  • Photodynamic therapy may also stimulate the immune system to act against the cancer cells.
  • For the treatment of lung or esophagus cancer, the light is directed through optic fibers using an endoscope.

Days admitted : Photodynamic therapy is mostly performed as an outpatient procedure. This therapy may be repeated and used along with chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

Recovery : - The skin is very sensitive to light for about 48 hours after the therapy. - The patient may feel a burning discomfort for 24 hours after the therapy. - Skin redness and peeling may occur for two to three days. - The patient can resume regular indoor activities after the photodynamic therapy. - The patient may be able to return to work after 48 hours.

Risks : - Redness and peeling of skin - Eyes sensitivity to light - Scarring of healthy tissue - Skin swelling, scarring and pain - Coughing, - Swallowing problem - Abdominal pain - Breathing difficulty

After care : - Patients should stay away from direct sunlight and brightly lit indoors for about six weeks. - Hats and scarves may be used to protect the skin from being exposed to light.

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