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Melanoma Scan is your local skin cancer clinic in Brisbane's Northside. Early Detection and Treatment Centre.

 

Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) is a treatment based around the compound of two chemicals. Both chemicals specifically bind to premalignant or cancerous cells, and when activated by a bright light, form a reaction that kills the affected cells.

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What is PDT?

PDT is short for photodynamic therapy, and uses a special chemical application to your skin which binds to premalignant (sunspot) skin or skin cancers. On exposure to a bright light, the cream is activated and causes the death of the abnormal cells. 

What is the process for PDT?

Prior to the application of the cream, preparation of the area is performed. This involves scraping off dead skin (curettage) or a chemical peel/exfoliation. This is usually completed at home daily with daily exfoliation with provided cleansers and creams.

On the day of the treatment the active ingredient is applied and is then activated by natural daylight. A mild tingling may be experienced after the exposure of the natural daylight. Over the course of the next week there will usually be some redness, swelling and mild to moderate crusting or scabbing which can be resolved with the application of moisturiser or Vaseline.

Why should I have PDT?

Your doctor may recommend PDT for treatment of solar keratosis (sun spots) or superficial skin cancers (Bowens disease/Intraepidermal squamous carcinoma or superificial Basal Cell carcinoma (sBCC)). PDT attacks and kills the affected cells with no effect on the normal cells 

Who would need PDT?

PDT is recommended for treatment of solar keratosis when other treatments would be too prolonged to suit the patient (average duration of Efudix treatment is 3 weeks) or when patients prefer PDT due to less pain/itch/discomfort of alternative treatments. It may be more expensive than other alternatives but costs vary from clinic to clinic. This treatment is only available at specialist clinics so ask your doctor if this treatment is suitable for you during your visit. Treatment of solar keratosis with PDT may assist in the prevention of progression to skin cancers.

Is PDT solely cosmetic?

No, PDT is not solely cosmetic. PDT can produce excellent cosmetic results with treatment of suitable cancers. This treatment is as effective or more effective than other skin cancer creams, but is quicker, giving excellent cosmetic results with minimal duration of redness and irritation of the skin. It also has less downtime than other alternatives for treatment of solar keratosis.

PDT is the most convenient field treatment for removal of large or small areas of solar keratosis with minimal down time.

Our team of doctors with many years of experience

All three clinics are proud to offer the latest in skin cancer imaging technology with 14 doctors who have a special interest skin cancer and associated conditions. Included on our staff are 5 female skin cancer doctors.

We also can boast a total of eight different languages spoken by amongst our doctors, making our clinic more accessible for patients from diverse backgrounds.

Dr Paul Annells - Melanoma Scan Clinicr Doctor

Dr Paul Annells

Current Qualifications:
BMBS, FRACGP, Master of Medicine (Skin Cancer)

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Dr Reza Moradi - Melanoma Scan Skin Clinic

Dr Reza Moradi

Current Qualifications:
MD, FRACGP, AMC

Languages Spoken: English and Persian

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Dr Dao Vo - Melanoma Scan Skin Cancer Clinic

Dr Dao Vo

Current Qualifications:
MBBS, FRACGP

Languages Spoken: English and Vietnamese

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Dr Marcio Francisco

Dr Marcio Francisco

Current Qualifications:
MBBS, AMC Advanced Standard Certificate, FRAGGP, Master of Medicine, Member of the Skin Cancer College of Australia (SCCA)

Languages: English, Portuguese

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Dr Kate Crilly - Melanoma Scan Skin Cancer Clinic

Dr Kate Crilly

Current Qualifications:
MBBS (London), MRCGP, FRACGP, Master of Medicine (Skin Cancer).

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Dr Donna Westbrook  - Melanoma Scan Skin Cancer Clinic

Dr Donna Westbrook

Current Qualifications:
MBBS (HONS), FANZCA

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Dr Carmen Gutierrez  - Melanoma Scan Skin Cancer Clinic

Dr Carmen Gutierrez

Current Qualifications:
MBBS (Barcelona), FRACGP, Master of Medicine (Skin Cancer).

Languages Spoken: English, French and Spanish

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Dr Chris Robinson

Dr. Chris Robinson

Current Qualifications
MBCHB, BSc (1st Class, Hons), MRCGP, Dip Derm (Aus), M Med (skin cancer, Dist), FAID, FSCCA

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Dr Ben Smith

Dr Ben Smith

Current Qualifications: 
FRACGP, MBBS, BPHTY, SCCA

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Dr Cassandra Faris

Dr Cassandra Faris

Current Qualifications:
MBBS, FRACGP, MMED (Skin Cancer)

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Dr Boon

Dr Boon

Current Qualifications:
MBBS, FRACGP, Master of Medicine (skin cancer), Primary Skin Cancer, MS (Gen Surg)

Languages Spoken: English and Tamil

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Dr. Julius Soriano

Dr. Julius Soriano

Current Qualifications:
Skin Cancer Doctor
RN, MD,FRACGP,
Prof.Dip.ScMed

Languages Spoken: English and Filipino

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