The treatment is effective for some superficial lesions such as superficial basal cell carcinomas and actinic keratoses (also called solar keratoses) and has a lower risk of scarring compared with surgery.

A skin biopsy is often required to confirm the diagnosis prior to treatment. The technique involves gently removing any crust from the lesion and applying a photosensitising cream. The cream contains an ingredient that is preferentially absorbed by the cancer cells and is sensitive to the special light that is shone onto the treatment area for a few minutes. The light is absorbed by the cancer cells causing them to be destroyed. Hence PDT selectively destroys the skin cancer whilst preserving the normal surrounding skin. On some occasions the PDT procedure is repeated 1 week later to increase the cure rate. PDT provides an excellent cosmetic result as it has a lower risk of scarring compared with surgery and has a relatively high cure rate, but it can only be used on certain types of skin cancer.

Photodynamic therapy is available at both Darlinghurst and Westmead.

 

Laser & Light Therapies

Dr Tai Phan

Mohs Surgeon, Laser

Westmead, New South Wales View details
Dr Erin Mullan

Dr Erin Mullan is a Canadian Dermatologist who has now settled in Australia. Erin completed a Bachelor of Science at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She returned to her native province of…

Dr Penny Alexander

Fully qualified dermatologist working at The Skin Hospital

Dr Howard Studniberg

Dr Howard Studniberg graduated from Sydney University and undertook his dermatology specialist training at Royal Prince Alfred, St Vincent's hospitals and the Skin & Cancer Foundation

Darlinghurst, NSW View details
Dr Adrian See

Dr Adrian See graduated from Medicine from Sydney University in 1996, and worked at Wollongong and Westmead Hospital before successfully passing the Australasian College of Dermatology entrance exam…

Dr Hanna Kuchel

Dr Hanna Kuchel is a Dermatologist with over ten years of clinical experience in the field. She graduated in medicine from The University of Sydney with Honours.

Dr Rhonda A Harvey

Dr Harvey graduated with honours in medicine from the University of New South Wales in 1999. As part of her post graduate training,

Darlinghurst, NSW View details
Dr Kavita Enjeti

Dr Kavita Enjeti currently works at the Skin & Cancer Foundation Australia at Westmead providing a general dermatology clinic as well as a refugee skin clinic one day a

Dr Shawn Richards

HEAD OF LASER SERVICES Chairman: SCFA Medical Advisory

Dr Tanya Gilmour

Dr Tanya Gilmour is a Dermatologist and Mohs

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