Norfolk charity backs new cancer therapy trial

Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) being carried out at the dermatology department at the Norfolk and Norwic

Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) being carried out at the dermatology department at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. - Credit: Archant

A Norfolk cancer charity has been told about the potential of a breakthrough technique that is beginning to be used to help prevent lung cancer.

The PDT Norfolk (Photodynamic Therapy) group held their AGM last week and received a presentation by Dr Georgia Hardavella from University College London.

The meeting heard about the use of photodynamic therapy, which is beginning to be applied to certain patients who are at very high risk of developing lung cancer.

The AGM was presented with case studies of three people with lesions on their lungs, showing the condition of their lungs before and after treatment.

The University College London's Lungs for Living Research Centre with whom PDT Norfolk is working in partnership, hope shortly to be running the world's first randomised patient trial.


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According to Cancer Research, there were 35,184 deaths from lung cancer in the UK in 2011.

PDT Norfolk is looking to fundraise to support this research project due to its potential impact and its ability to demonstrate the effectiveness of photodynamic therapy as a means of combating certain cancers.

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