Journal article

Guidelines on the use of photodynamic therapy for nonmelanoma skin cancer: An international consensus

Lasse R Braathen, Rolf-Markus Szeimies, Nicole Basset-Seguin, Robert Bissonnette, Peter Foley, David Pariser, Rik Roelandts, Ann-Marie Wennberg, Colin A Morton

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DERMATOLOGY | MOSBY-ELSEVIER | Published : 2007

Abstract

Topical photodynamic therapy (PDT) is used to treat nonmelanoma skin cancers, such as actinic keratoses, Bowen's disease, and basal cell carcinoma (superficial and nodular). This article presents up-to-date, practical, evidence-based recommendations on the use of topical PDT using 5-aminolevulinic acid or methyl aminolevulinate for the treatment (and prevention) of nonmelanoma skin cancers. A systematic literature review was conducted (using MEDLINE), and recommendations were made on the basis of the quality of evidence for efficacy, safety/tolerability, cosmetic outcome, and patient satisfaction/preference. Topical PDT is highly effective in the treatment of actinic keratoses, Bowen's disea..

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