Department of Dermatology, Lancaster Royal Infirmary, UK, PhotoTherapeutics Ltd, Altrincham, UK
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is an effective treatment for superficial basal cell carcinoma (BCCs) and Bowen’s disease. Several studies have reported complete response rates of 80-95% and an excellent cosmetic outcome. Bowen’s disease and superficial basal cell carcinomas characteristically affect older patients who may also have associated difficulties with mobility. Using a portable PDT light source we were able to deliver PDT in a community setting with the aim of providing a more convenient service for patients. This randomised study confirmed that community delivered PDT is a viable treatment option and can be administered safely in the community by a trained dermatology nurse. The results from patient questionnaires suggest that community delivered PDT is more convenient to the patient, and also cost effective.