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Photodynamic therapy (PDT) produces localised necrosis with light after prior administration of a photosensitising drug. Although the technique is promising for small tumours of hollow organs, little work has been done on solid organs like the prostate. We studied the tissue biodistribution and photodynamic effects of meso-tetra-(m-hydroxyphenyl) chlorin(More)
BACKGROUND There is limited evidence that imaging biomarkers can predict subsequent response to therapy. Such prognostic and/or predictive biomarkers would facilitate development of personalised medicine. We hypothesised that pre-treatment measurement of the heterogeneity of tumour vascular enhancement could predict clinical outcome following combination(More)
PURPOSE To investigate magnetic resonance (MR) imaging guidance of interstitial laser photocoagulation to treat primary breast cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS Twenty female patients with symptomatic breast cancers diagnosed at cytologic examination underwent interstitial laser photocoagulation by means of a single fiber prior to surgical excision.(More)
Recent reports suggest that the effect of photodynamic therapy (PDT) can be enhanced by fractionating the light dose or reducing the light fluence rate. We assessed these options on two tissues in rats (normal colon and a transplanted fibrosarcoma) using the photosensitiser meta-tetrahydroxyphenylchlorin (mTHPC). Animals were sensitised with 0.3 mg/kg(More)
The first study of photodynamic therapy in the human gastrointestinal tract using 5 aminolaevulinic acid (ALA) induced protoporphyrin IX as the photosensitising agent is described. Eighteen patients with colorectal, duodenal, and oesophageal tumours were studied. After 30-60 mg/kg of ALA given orally, biopsy specimens of tumour and adjacent normal mucosa(More)
BACKGROUND Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is an experimental approach for treating prostate cancer localized to the gland that does not involve surgery or irradiation. Second-generation photosensitizers 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA) and aluminum disulfonated phthalocyanine (AlS2Pc) were studied in the normal canine prostate. METHODS Tissue biodistribution of(More)
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) produces local tumor necrosis, on activation of a previously administered sensitizer with non-thermal light of an appropriate wavelength. It is attractive for treating tumors of the mouth as tissue healing is particularly good. We describe the use of the photosensitizing agent meta tetrahydroxyphenyl chlorin (mTHPC, Foscan) for(More)
PURPOSE A fully human monoclonal antibody to anti-alpha(v) integrins (CNTO 95) has been shown to inhibit angiogenesis and tumor growth in preclinical studies. We assessed the safety and pharmacokinetics of CNTO 95 in patients with advanced refractory solid tumors. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN In this phase I trial, CNTO 95 (0.1, 0.3, 1.0, 3.0, and 10.0 mg/kg) was(More)
Surgery is the only effective treatment for dysplasia in the gastrointestinal tract with considerable associated morbidity and mortality and is difficult to justify without confirmed malignancy. Photodynamic therapy (PDT) produces localised necrosis, which can be limited to the mucosa. This study examined the mechanical properties of the normal rat stomach(More)
Interstitial laser photocoagulation (ILP) and interstitial photodynamic therapy (PDT) involve delivery of light to lesions in solid organs using thin fibres passed through needles inserted percutaneously under image guidance. In ILP, the laser energy heats the tissue, whereas in PDT it activates a previously administered photosensitising agent. This study(More)