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OBJECTIVE To determine the optimal administered dose of meta-tetrahydroxyphenylchlorin (mTHPC) for intraoperative photodynamic therapy (IPDT) in resected malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM). The primary objective of this combination treatment was to improve local tumor control. DESIGN Phase I/II dose escalation study. SETTING Two Dutch cancer centers.(More)
BACKGROUND Interstitial photodynamic therapy (iPDT) can be an option in the management of locally recurrent base of tongue cancer after (chemo)radiation treatment. The purpose of the current study was to develop a technique to implant light sources into the tumor tissue. METHODS Twenty patients with previously irradiated locally recurrent base of tongue(More)
Diffuse-reflectance spectroscopy for measurement of the absorption and scattering coefficients of biological tissue produces reliable results for wavelengths from 650 to 1050 nm. Implicitly, this approach assumes homogeneously distributed absorbers. A correction factor is introduced for inhomogeneous distribution of blood concentrated in discrete(More)
BACKGROUND Photochemical and thermal methods are used for ablating Barrett's oesophagus (BO). The aim of this study was to compare 5-aminolevulinic acid induced photodynamic therapy (ALA-PDT) with argon plasma coagulation (APC) with respect to complete reversal of BO. METHODS Patients with BO (32 no dysplasia and eight low grade dysplasia) were randomised(More)
Differential path-length spectroscopy (DPS) was used to determine the local optical properties of breast tissue in vivo. DPS measurements were made on healthy and malignant breast tissue using a fibre-optic needle probe, and were correlated to the histological outcome of core-needle biopsies taken from the same location as the measurements. DPS yields(More)
In-vivo optical spectroscopy and the determination of tissue absorption and scattering properties have a central role in the development of novel optical diagnostic and therapeutic modalities in medicine. A number of techniques are available for the optical characterization of tissue in the visible near-IR region of the spectrum. An important consideration(More)
We propose a comprehensive protocol for the performance assessment of photon migration instruments. The protocol has been developed within the European Thematic Network MEDPHOT (optical methods for medical diagnosis and monitoring of diseases) and is based on five criteria: accuracy, linearity, noise, stability, and reproducibility. This protocol was(More)
The indications of photodynamic therapy (PDT) of oral cavity and oropharynx neoplasms are not well defined. The main reason is that the success rates are not well established. The current paper analyzes our institutional experience of early stage oral cavity and oropharynx neoplasms (Tis-T2) to identify the success rates for each subgroup according to T(More)
Effective photodynamic therapy (PDT) depends on the optimization of factors such as drug dose, drug-light interval, fluence rate and total light dose (or fluence). In addition sufficient oxygen has to be present for the photochemical reaction to occur. Oxygen deficits may arise during PDT if the photochemical reaction consumes oxygen more rapidly than it(More)
Current risk assessment procedures ignore that variation in soil properties results in substantial differences for uptake and effects in organisms in different soils. In this contribution is presented the results of a study on the soil-related factors that modulate metal uptake and elimination by the oligochaete worm Enchytraeus crypticus. Uptake of Cd, Cu,(More)