Category: Photodynamic Therapy

First Scientific Meeting of the Pan American Photodynamic Therapy Association – April 6th, 2013

This week, the 1st Scientific Meeting of the PanAmerican Photodynamic Therapy Association (PAPDT) will be held in Boston, Massachusetts on Saturday, April 6, 2013, from 8:30am-5:30pm. For the first time the Annual Scientific Meeting will be held in association with the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS) to enhance the basic science and clinical interdisciplinary aspects of photodynamic therapy, bringing together scientists, clinicians and engineers with an interest in both photonics and medicine to share their experiences from bench to bedside.

The main theme of this Scientific Meeting will be to discuss the basic science and clinical advances in cancer, antimicrobial and other photodynamic therapeutic applications with the declared focus of improving the scientist/clinician interface.  The PanAmerican Photodynamic  Therapy Association is soliciting abstracts for oral presentations and posters.  Please submit your abstract using the ASLMS online system for submission.  You will need to select “Photodynamic Therapy” as the presentation category.  Important to note, you must either email Michelle directly at michelle@aslms.org so that she knows the abstract is for the PanAmerican Photodynamic Therapy Association.  Students and young researchers are especially welcome.

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Photodynamic Therapy Saves Boy Given Six Months To Live

Connah Broom is a very luck young man. Diagnosed at the age of four with stage 4 neuroblastoma, Connah was given six months to live. Eleven tumours had developed on his neck, stomach, legs, and areas near his heart. Seven months of chemotherapy failed to improve his condition and surgery was no longer an option as the tumours were located too close to vital organs. That was when Connah’s family learned that he had only a few more months to live. According to Debbie Broom, Connah’s mother, “A doctor told us to take Connah home and enjoy our remaining time with him.”

The family then turned to photodynamic therapy (PDT), a treatment proven to be effective in killing cancer. Connah’s treatment consisted of taking a pill containing a photosensitizing agent and then activating this agent with light. A powerful reaction was then initiated, which killed the cancerous cells while preserving the surrounding healthy tissue. Amazingly, after ten months of PDT  treatment, ten of Connah’s eleven tumours have now disappeared. “This is the one miracle in my entire career,” said Connah’s GP, Dr. Eamon Jessop, “He’s doing incredible well, it’s staggering.” To hear Connah’s story, please watch the video below:

Connah from Matt Hunt on Vimeo.

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