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Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)

Treatment of preliminary stages of skin cancer

Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) is an innovative method, which enables the early detection and treatment of skin cancer before the formation of metastases. Photodynamic therapy is an highly effective method of scar-free treatment of pre-cancers (so-called actinic keratoses), tumours and superficial basal cell carcinomas (also known as basaliomas). It is generally a two-step process: A medication is applied to the changed skin area in the form of cream, gel or patch, whose active ingredients penetrate the cancerously affected skin cells within a few hours. Subsequently, the substance is activated in the practice using a special light source, consequently killing the malignant cells and promoting the formation of healthy cells in their place.

The specialists at Dermatologie des Westens have more than one decade experience in the application of photodynamic therapy. The Dermatologie des Westens Training Centre for PDT, founded in 2013, provides training in this procedure for medical specialists.

Photodynamic treatment is not compensated by statutory health insurance policies. Private health insurance providers generally reimburse the treatment costs.

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