Photodynamic therapy of colorectal cancer using a new light source: from in vitro studies to a patient treatment

Hanoch Kashtan, Riad Haddad, Yehuda Skornick

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Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a relatively new alternative modality for palliation of rectal cancer. We evaluate a new light source for PDT. In vitro PDT: CT26 murine colon carcinoma cells were incubated with aluminum phthalocyanine (AlPcS4) for 48 hours, subjected to photoradiation using Versa-Light and viability was assessed. There was a significant decrease in viability of treated cells as compared with controls. In vivo PDT: Balb/C mice were injected either subcutaneously or intrarectally with CT26 cancer cells. IP AlPcS4 2.5 mg/kg was injected when tumors were visible. After 24 hours mice were subjected to photoradiation. Massive tumor necrosis in response to PDT was observed. PDT also prolonged survival of the treated mice. Patient treatment: A 70 year old woman with recurrent local rectal carcinoma received IV Photofrin II 2 mg/kg. After 48 and 96 hours she was subjected to direct photoradiation. After the first light session there was complete macroscopic disappearance of the tumor. Biopsies up to 10 weeks after the treatment showed no cancer cells in the treated area. We believe that Versa-Light is a good light source for PDT. It was effective in both in-vitro and animal studies. It can also be safely used for clinical PDT.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)0819416584, 9780819416582
StatePublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes
EventPhotodynamic Therapy of Cancer II - Lille, Fr
Duration: 9 Sep 199410 Sep 1994


ConferencePhotodynamic Therapy of Cancer II
CityLille, Fr


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