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sor of surgery. "Photodynamic therapy has allowed us to provide a treatment option for patients with complex or advanced thoracic cancers that may otherwise be considered untreatable." One novel combination utilizes advanced surgical techniques, PDT with a new generation photosensitizer, and a pioneering Dosimetry system that measures the light exposure to ensure correct dosage. This type of treatment is now available for the first time in the United States exclusively at Penn.

Stephen Hahn, MD, co-principal investigator and director of the Penn's Photodynamic Therapy Program, is a key collaborator in exploring new PDT protocols for cancer treatment. "Photodynamic therapy has the potential capability to selectively eliminate cancerous cells using light and photosensitizers," states Dr. Hahn. "This therapy has tremendous possibilities as an effective treatment for several types of cancer." Penn researchers expect these clinical trials to open-up new options for treatment of numerous advanced thoracic cancers.

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Editor's notes: Dr. Friedberg can be reached directly by calling (215) 662-4988; Dr. Hahn can be reached directly by calling (215) 662-7296. Select patients are also available for interview upon request.


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Contact: Diane Giaccone
dgiaccon@mail.med.upenn.edu
215-662-2098
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
12-Jan-1998


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