The Role of Photodynamic Therapy for Hilar Cholangiocarcinoma

  title={The Role of Photodynamic Therapy for Hilar Cholangiocarcinoma},
  author={Young Koog Cheon},
  booktitle={The Korean journal of internal medicine},
The prognosis for hilar cholangiocarcinoma is limited by tumor spread along the biliary tree leading to refractory obstructive cholestasis, cholangitis, and liver failure. Palliation with biliary endoprostheses results in median survival times of 4-6 months for advanced bile duct cancer. Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a local photochemical tumor treatment consisting of a photosensitizing agent combined with laser irradiation of a distinct wavelength. Tumor ablation with PDT combined with biliary… CONTINUE READING