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"Light Therapy" Option to Treat Breast Cancer Spread to Skin

A promising new treatment option is being tested for women with breast cancer whose disease has spread to the skin. The clinical trial is currently accepting new patients. The trial is underway at a number of select medical centers to evaluate photodynamic therapy - an innovative drug and light treatment - for treatment of cutaneous metastatic breast cancer (cancer that has spread to the skin). The therapy is a minimally invasive procedure that uses light activated drugs to isolate and selectively destroy abnormal, rapidly reproducing cells and tissues that are associated with cutaneous metastatic breast cancer. The treatment appears to have none of the severe side effects typically associated with chemotherapy or radiation. After treatment, patients may experience sensitivity to sunlight for a period of time (about 1-2 weeks). Advanced breast cancer metastasis can spread to the skin, forming cutaneous lesions that develop into hard, non-mobile masses, plaque formations, and bleeding wounds that can become infected. Conventional treatment for these lesions does not always work, and may cause nausea, hair loss or increased susceptibility to infection.
If you, or someone you know, suffers from breast cancer, has at least 4 cutaneous metastatic lesions, and is over the age of 18, you or the patient are encouraged to call this number for more information:
1-800-57-STUDY, ext. 54
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