Photodynamic Therapy of Nasal Basal Cell Carcinoma
R. Haddad, M. Cohen, O. Kaplan, R. Greenberg, H. Kashtan
Dept. of Surgery, Tel Aviv-Sourasky Medical Center
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a noninvasive modality used topically for several skin cancers. We evaluated the effects of PDT on basal cell carcinoma (BCC) of the nose, using aminolevulinic acid (ALA) as a photosensitizer and a non-laser light source (Versa-LightTM). The advantages of this light source are synergistic, hyperthermia and fewer side effects.
A paste of 20% ALA was applied topically to biopsy-proven BCC of the nose. Lesions were covered with occlusive light-shielding dressing and after 18 hours they were submitted to 10 minutes of exposure to the light. Initial evaluation was made after 21 days and every 3 months thereafter. Patients who did not respond after 2 treatments were referred for surgery.
Mean follow-up in 31 patients was 19 months (range 6-36). There were no significant side-effects. There was complete response in 24/27 (88.9%), in whom there was recurrence in 2/27 (7.4%).