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Photodynamic therapy, also known as PDT, is a non-surgical treatment for basal cell carcinoma (BCC) or pre-cancerous lesions such as actinic keratoses (AKs) and Bowen’s disease. There are three main components involved in this type of therapy: a photosensitiser, pure red light and tissue oxygen. PDT utilises the chemical interaction between the light and the light-activated substance. The red light activates the substance, leading to a chain of chemical reactions, which ultimately result in damage and the death of the tumour cells. At the same time, it leaves the healthy cells surrounding the tumour unharmed. This selective destruction is achieved by applying the photosensitiser locally to the target area.

Although typically actinic keratoses and Bowen’s disease are treated with the help of cryotherapy and excisions, PDT has been recognised by the NICE guidelines as a better treatment option for certain basal cell carcinomas, actinic keratosis and Bowen’s disease cases.

Before undergoing photodynamic therapy, you will be required to undergo a through examination and case assessment so that one of our experts at the Cadogan Clinic can assess whether the treatment is necessary and advise you of your treatment options.

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Step 1. Optional Free Consultation

We offer a free no-obligation 30-60 minute consultation with one of our specialist patient advisors to help you decide whether surgery is the right choice for you. The consultation will take the form of a discussion with an expert with over 15 years industry experience in which we begin to understand your objectives and the results you want to achieve.

If you decide to go ahead with treatment, our advisers can give you all the information you require to choose the right procedure and the right surgeon for you. This is also an excellent opportunity to see our facilities and get a feel for the Cadogan experience.

Step 2. Surgical Consultation

The next step is to come in and meet your chosen surgeon at the Clinic. We have assembled some of the best surgeons in the world who will use this time to make a comprehensive medical assessment of you and your condition before proceeding with treatment.

In practice this involves a 30-60 minute consultation in which a detailed assessment of the outcomes you can achieve is made and any questions you may have about the procedure are answered.

Step 3. The Procedure

On the day of your procedure you will be welcomed at the Clinic by your patient advisor and dedicated nursing staff. Following a brief medical check, you will meet with both your surgeon and anesthetist to run through the details of your procedure one final time and answer any last questions you may have.

After the procedure you will recover in the capable hands of your nursing after care team. As we are a day case facility you can expect your recovery to be complete within 2 to 3 hours and able to be discharged from the Clinic the very same day. In some cases patients may wish to stay locally in our exclusive partner hotel the day before or after your procedure.

Step 4. After Care & Support

Our care and support continues in the days and weeks after your procedure with our complimentary aftercare programme. A series of free appointments will be made with your surgeon and nursing team in order to monitor your progress and recovery, as well as introduce you to several scar minimization techniques and bespoke creams to aid your progress.

Access to our aftercare nursing team is free of charge for a full 12 months after your surgery.


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