Topic: Is Photodynamic Therapy an option for CC?

Dear friends,

I wonder if this treatment is possible for CC. I have browsed in the forum and I have not seen this topic. If anyone knows about this I would appreciate any reply.

Thank you

http://www.nextgenerationpdt.com/

Jose, brother of Carmen, 49 years old with ICC, stage IV.

2 (edited by PCL1029 Tue, 06 Mar 2012 08:44:55)

Re: Is Photodynamic Therapy an option for CC?

Hi,
PDT that I understand is mostly suitable for extrahepatic CC .Gavin 's dad had it done in UK ,He will give you a better idea.
Keep looking under the discussion forum here under radiation treatment and you will find his opinion before he will join you forPDT  discussion.
Here is a link for info.

.Photodynamic Therapy for Cancer - National Cancer Institute
www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Therapy/photodynamic
A fact sheet that explains photodynamic therapy, how it is administered, and indications and side effects of treatment.
God bless.

Please know that my personal opinion is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. If  provided, information are for educational purposes.Consult doctor is a MUST for changing of treatment plans.

Re: Is Photodynamic Therapy an option for CC?

Hi There,

Like Percy said, my dad had PDT and a metal stent inserted as his treatment for his CC. Here is a post that I wrote about it at the time.

http://www.cholangiocarcinoma.org/punbb … hp?id=1940

The link Percy gave you is a good one and here's another although it doesn;t refer to PDT and CC.

http://www.macmillan.org.uk/Cancerinfor … erapy.aspx

http://www.cancer.org/Treatment/Treatme … ic-therapy

http://www.patient.co.uk/doctor/Photody … herapy.htm

I think as well that Dr Khalleh at the University of Virginia has experience of using PDT for CC and is running trials on that as well, alkthough if I am wrong about that then hopefully someone will correct me.

And of course, if you have any specific questions on my dads experiences of PDT then please just ask and I will do what I can to help in answering them.

Best wishes,

Gavin

Any advice or comments I give are based on personal experiences and knowledge and are my opinions only, they are not to be substituted for professional medical advice. Please seek professional advice from a qualified doctor or medical professional.

Re: Is Photodynamic Therapy an option for CC?

Thank you to both Gavin and PCL1029. There is something though in this technique that makes me think: according to what I read in the NCI

"The light needed to activate most photosensitizers cannot pass through more than about one-third of an inch of tissue (1 centimeter). For this reason, PDT is usually used to treat tumors on or just under the skin or on the lining of internal organs or cavities (3). PDT is also less effective in treating large tumors, because the light cannot pass far into these tumors (2, 3, 6). PDT is a local treatment and generally cannot be used to treat cancer that has spread (metastasized) (6)."

This seems to discard this method in practise for my sister since her cancer is metastatic to liver and lymphatic nodes.

All the best for both

Jose, brother of Carmen, 49 years old with ICC, stage IV.

Re: Is Photodynamic Therapy an option for CC?

Hi,
The PDT message that both Gavin and I written was the response to your question this morning at 08:24  ; and nothing related to your sister's intrahepatic CCA.

"I wonder if this treatment is possible for CC. I have browsed in the forum and I have not seen this topic. If anyone knows about this I would appreciate any reply.

Thank you

http://www.nextgenerationpdt.com/  "

and your are right ,PDT is not for your sister;radioembo or chemoembo are the radiation treatment choices if so you choose after consultation with an interventional radiologist. good luck and
God bless.

Please know that my personal opinion is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. If  provided, information are for educational purposes.Consult doctor is a MUST for changing of treatment plans.

Re: Is Photodynamic Therapy an option for CC?

PCL1029 wrote:

Hi,
The PDT message that both Gavin and I written was the response to your question this morning at 08:24  ; and nothing related to your sister's intrahepatic CCA.

"I wonder if this treatment is possible for CC. I have browsed in the forum and I have not seen this topic. If anyone knows about this I would appreciate any reply.

Thank you

http://www.nextgenerationpdt.com/  "

and your are right ,PDT is not for your sister;radioembo or chemoembo are the radiation treatment choices if so you choose after consultation with an interventional radiologist. good luck and
God bless.

Yes PCL1029, I didn't mean that you were wrong. I was just learning and sharing my doubts. Actually confirming that this treatment option is not available for her.

All the best
Jose

Jose, brother of Carmen, 49 years old with ICC, stage IV.