• Ron R. Allison
Part of the Medical Radiology book series (MEDRAD)


The role of Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) in the current multi-disciplinary approach to thoracic oncology is analyzed and reviewed. The simplicity of drug, light and reaction resulting in excellent clinical response has brought PDT to a worldwide audience. This chapter reviews the scientific and clinical rationale for thoracic PDT including photosensitizers, light sources, photodynamic reaction, dosimetry and fluorescence. The actual treatment procedure, clinical outcomes from the peer reviewed literature, limitations and morbidities associated with this light-based therapy are also detailed.


Sunlight Exposure Lesion Ablation Peripheral Lesion Optimal Drug Dose Endobronchial Tumor 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Twenty-first Century OncologyGreenvilleUSA

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