Cancer patients may soon have a new treatment option to choose from if ongoing studies prove the usefulness of light therapy technology in treating breast cancer.
Media sources report that one London hospital is pioneering photodynamic or light therapy to destroy cancerous breast cancer cells. The patient receives light-sensitive drugs at the tumor site and a directed beam subsequently destroys the cells.
With this method, surrounding tissue is left undamaged and the patient does not have to go through invasive surgery or chemotherapy.
According to the Daily Telegraph, the tumor cells die because they are starved of oxygen, rather than blasted with extremely strong drugs.
Cancer surgeon Mo Keshtgar is conducting the trials at London’s Royal Free Hospital and he described the technology’s benefits to the news provider.
"The key appeal of photodynamic therapy is that it attacks and destroys cancer cells while retaining the viability of the surrounding normal cells, "he said.
"Out treatment will keep the structure of the connective tissue intact meaning the breast does not become deformed or lose shape," he added, providing hope for breast cancer patients who are fearful of a mastectomy.