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New Portable Treatment for Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer

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The latest method for treating non-melanoma skin cancer is almost as easy as wearing a band-aid for six hours. At the very least, it is gentler than the current procedure in use.

The recommended treatment for non-melanoma skin cancer is photodynamic therapy (PDT),where a specific type of light used to kill cancer cells. PDT requires a stay in the hospital for an intensive treatment and is considered a costly procedure.

Ambicare Health of Fife, Scotland, which specializes in wearable light sources for medical health, have devised a new way for patients to receive this form of treatment. The Ambulight PDT is a portable device which allows patients to receive this light-emitting therapy without the need for lengthy hospital treatments.

The Ambulight PDT is a light-emitting plaster and the entire device, including the battery pack, is about the size of a computer mouse. It is small enough to let the patient remain mobile and carry on their regular activities while receiving the treatment.

The cancerous area of skin is covered with a light-sensitive pharmaceutical cream that is absorbed by the cancer cells (any healthy tissue is left unaltered). The cream is then covered with a large bandage style sticking plaster. The area is then blasted by a low-level light.

The total treatment takes just six hours – three for the cream to become effective and then a further three hours with the light treatment.

The Ambulight PDT is a one-time only device and is disposed of after a single use. The patient is required to have a specialist administer it but after that they are able to go home.

One of the many benefits of the Ambulight PDT is that the low-level light reduces the amount of pain, as well as reducing the stress by not having to remain in a hospital bed.

“The Ambulight PDT is the most ambulatory device to treat non-melanoma skin cancer to be developed to date.

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