WHAT: According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, approximately 58 million Americans have Actinic Keratosis (AK), dry patches on the skin caused by exposure to ultra-violet rays. Untreated AK can advance to squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), the second most common form of skin cancer, and some experts believe they are actually the earliest stage of SCC. Early and proactive treatment of AK is vital to prevent this dangerous form of skin cancer.
The Skin Cancer and Reconstructive Surgery
Center (SCARS), known for its cutting-edge technology, patient care, and
clinical education, is building on its success offering non-surgical skin
cancer therapy with the introduction of Photodynamic Therapy (PDT). Designed to
treat the face and scalp for AK,
this treatment uses a light activated medication to destroy precancerous
Simon Madorsky, M.D., medical director at the Skin Cancer
and Reconstructive Surgery Center, has thoroughly researched the effectiveness of PDT for the treatment of actinic
keratosis, and has had the PDT treatment himself. He is also the first and only
doctor in Southern California to use PDT for the treatment of basal cell
carcinoma. A form of the PDT treatment is also used in conjunction with
radiation and chemotherapy to treat active cancer. The low reimbursement from U.S.
insurance companies for PDT has deterred many dermatologic practices from
offering this important therapy but it is actively used in many European
KEY FACTS: SCARS in Newport Beach, Calif. is
advocating PDT for anyone with signs of AK or concerns about extensive sun
● How it Works: A topical medication is first absorbed by the AK cells where it is converted to a chemical that makes the cells extremely sensitive to light. When the AK cells are exposed to the BLU-U Blue Light Illuminator, a reaction occurs which destroys the AK cells.
Pain-Free, No Scarring and Minimal Temporary Markings: Compared to other treatments, like
liquid nitrogen, 5-FU or Aldara, PDT is virtually painless and the side
effects are minimal. Patients
may experience a slight stinging, tingling or warm sensation during. A
cosmetically conscious treatment, PDT leaves no scars. Patients may feel a
burning or stinging
sensation for 24 hours and slight redness and crusting for up to 5 days
following the treatment.
● Straightforward Outpatient Procedure: In an initial office visit, the medication is applied to
the lesions. At a second visit the following day, the medicated area is
illuminated with the BLU-U® Blue Light Photodynamic Therapy Illuminator for
about 15 minutes.
● Cost-Effective and Patient-Friendly: The procedure costs less than surgery and is covered by most insurance.
OTHER INFO: The Skin Cancer and Reconstructive Surgery Center located in Newport Beach, Calif., offers a comprehensive array of innovative techniques for skin care and skin cancer treatments. Dedicated to providing excellence in patient care, clinical education and research, the center includes an ambulatory surgical facility accredited by the Joint Commission, two operating rooms, private pre-op and recovery rooms, a CLIA certified Mohs Laboratory (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments), and a Radiation Therapy Suite. Through a combination of both invasive surgical and non-invasive non-surgical treatments, the Skin Cancer and Reconstructive Surgery Center provides patients with a holistic approach to treat, reconstruct and improve the appearance of the skin.
For more information, visit www.ocskincancer.com.