PDT

  • Australia has one of the highest incidence of skin cancer in the world. Two in three Australians are diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70. Melanoma is the third most common cancer and skin cancers account for 80% of all newly diagnosed cancers.
    At Medical Skin Clinic Australia we provide a service that aims to identify skin cancers early to ensure best possible outcomes through skin checks, monitoring, biopsies and treatments of any suspicious lesions.

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  • We currently understand a number of causes of skin cancer. These aspects can therefore be understood, avoided or educated about. However there are still some unanswered questions surrounding their development.

    At Medical Skin Clinic Australia we will help you to identify some of your individual risk factors and advise you how you can protect your skin and prevent damage.

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  • Sun exposure can also cause skin changes known as solar keratosis or actinic keratosis (commonly known as sunspots).

    These are of concern as they are felt to be pre cancerous lesions, which means if left untreated they have the potential to turn into a skin cancer – commonly a squamous cell carcinoma.

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    SPF measures HOW LONG it will take for UVB rays to redden the skin when using the sunscreen, compared to how long it will take without sunscreen.

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  • Early detection of a skin cancer is essential to reduce your risk of harm.

    At Medical Skin Clinic Australia we recommend having a skin check with one of our doctors so you can discuss your individual risk factors, understand what to look for, when to seek help and ensure early detection. A skin check by a doctor is commonly recommended every 2-3 years however your individual characteristics may alter this.

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  • At Medical Skin Clinic Australia, a doctor always performs a clinical mole mapping.

    This involves a fully body examination of your skin by the doctor, who uses an instrument called a dermatoscope. This instrument allows the doctor to see your moles at a higher magnification.

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  • After a skin examination has been done, it is possible the doctor may find a mole or skin lesion that they are concerned about which may need some treatment.

    Treatment for skin cancers can vary depending on the type of skin cancer, its size, its location and its depth. The doctors at Medical Skin Clinic Australia are here to help and support you. They will explain all possible options and allow you to chose a solution you understand and are happy to progress with.

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  • Medical Skin Clinic Australia offer a skin treatment called Photodynamic Therapy.

    Photodynamic therapy is a treatment that can be used for a number of different problems. Its main use is in the treatment of pre malignant skin lesions such as solar keratosis and the treatment of skin cancers. It can also be used for skin rejuvenation, acne, rosacea and wound healing.

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Photodynamic therapy

Medical Skin Clinic Australia offer a skin treatment called Photodynamic Therapy.

Photodynamic therapy is a treatment that can be used for a number of different problems. Its main use is in the treatment of pre malignant skin lesions such as solar keratosis and the treatment of skin cancers. It can also be used for skin rejuvenation, acne, rosacea and wound healing.

Photodynamic therapy (PDT) uses a prescription cream and a special type of light. The cream is a chemical that can be activated by the light ie it is a photosensitising agent. When the cream is applied to the skin it is selectively absorbed into the damaged skin cells. When the area is then exposed to the light, the cream is activated and destroys any cancer cells, bacteria or other damaged cells whilst not causing any damage to normal cells.

How PDT is done.
At Medical Skin Clinic Austrlia we perform a number of PDT treatments in a calm environment with medical support. The treatment is especially useful for abnormal lesions on the face, scalp, arms and hands and is popular because it minimises scarring and can also treat DNA damage within the skin cells that cannot yet be visualised.

On the day of the procedure we bring you in to the clinic and apply a photosensitising cream to the area of the body that is being treated. This cream is left of the skin for 2-4 hours to allow it to be absorbed and taken up by the abnormal or damaged skin cells. During this time it is really important that you do not get ANY exposure to sun light as it can start activating the cream.

2-4 hours later you return. We then sit you under a special light source that activates the cream that was applied to your skin. The treatment selectively destroys the cancerous skin cells or bacteria whilst causing minimal damage to surrounding normal tissue. Whilst under the light, you may feel a stinging or burning sensation. A fan, simple painkillers or local anaesthetic can help ease the discomfort. During the treatment the staff at Medical Skin Clinic Australia will remain at hand to ensure you are comfortable and can express any skin sensations you may be feeling.

Post Treatment
After the treatment you need to avoid any sun exposure for 48 hours. This also includes the sun that you are exposed to through windows.

Over the first 48-72 hours the area treated will become red and inflamed. It may also swell, scabs may form and the area could be painful and sensitive. We recommend you rest during this time, drink plenty of water, and simple pain relief can be taken. The clinic will advice on creams you can use to help relieve any discomfort. It is fine to bath or shower if you treat the area gently.

After 3-4 days the area treated will start to heal up, redness will gradually lessen and some peeling may occur. This will continue over the following 7-10 days until resolution has occurred.
The treatment should remove the skin cancers being treated, however if you have any thick skin lesions, you may need another treatment about 4 weeks later and if anything should return please return to the clinic for further assessment.

If the PDT is being used for another indication such as acne, one treatment of PDT may involve a number of sessions. Before treatment commences, you will have an assessment with a medical practitioner who will individualise a treatment plan for you that you understand and agree with. All plans are flexible and paid for as they are performed, so that if results are achieved in a quicker time or you would prefer something else we can arrange this.

PDT and its side effects
The most common side effects PDT are reddness and swelling in the treated area.

Swelling: Swelling in the treated area can lead to pain or discomfort. Simple pain relief or wet compresses may help. Also sleeping on a raised pillow can help minimize morning swelling.

Photosensitivity reactions: Reactions caused by light can show up on the skin where the drug is applied. They usually involve redness and a tingling or burning sensation. For about 2 days after the treatment, you should take care not to expose treated areas of your face and scalp to light.

Skin changes: The treated skin will likely turn red, may blister and swell after treatment. This usually peaks about a day after treatment and gets better within a week. It should be gone about 4 weeks after treatment. The skin may also be itchy or change color after treatment.

At Medical Skin Clinic Australia we will discuss with you what you should expect and what your treated skin will look and feel like. We will answer any questions that you have and provide follow up to ensure you are supported during your treatment.

When to contact the clinic
Please contact the clinic if you are suffering with anything you are unsure about, we are here to help and support you.
Signs to be concerned about are increased pain, fever, significant swelling or oozing or any difficultly in breathing.

How many sessions are required for PDT?
Treatment of solar keratosis, basal cell carcinomas, psoriasis and skin rejuvenation generally requires only one session. A second session may be required if you have thicker lesions, multiple lesions or significant rejunvenation is required. Our trained staff can usually advise you if this second session will be needed before treatment commences as they have significant experience in the results that PDT can accomplish.

In regards to acne, best results are achieved by two to four sessions at intervals between 10 and 30 days.

Recommended

At Medical Skin Clinic Australia we aim to educate you on your skin and support you to ensure you make decisions you are happy with.

We listen to your concerns and answer any questions, ensuring you have a team dedicated to lifelong skin protection.

If you have a skin lesion you are concerned about or have a family history of skin cancer please call the clinic on 03 5261 6171 to arrange an appointment.
Skin is our Ardour. We are always happy to listen and help support your skin concerns. Skin is your confidence.

Let us protect it for you.

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GEELONG: Salon Euphoria, 1/84 Shannon Avenue, Geelong West, Vic 3218

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