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Blue Light Therapy

Learn more about the OmniLux Light Therapy Treatment here. http://www.phototherapeutics.com/.

Blue light therapy, also known as photodynamic therapy (PDT), is used to treat a number of disorders and conditions, including certain kinds of precancerand cancer cells and dermatological conditions. A medical cream is applied to and is allowed to incubate in the affected area, and then a light source is used to activate the drug.

FDA-Approved Treatment
o Blue light therapy treatments have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, but no long-term study has been conducted and its long-term effects still are unknown.

Insurance Coverage for Treatments
o PDT is considered an emerging technology, so many insurance companies will not pay for the treatments. Treatments generally range from $100 to $200, and subsequent treatments might be necessary.

Cancer Treatment
o Today, blue light therapy is being used to treatesophageal cancer, lung cancer and some precancerous cells. It is being tested for treatment of brain, cervical and prostate cancer.

Dermatological Treatment
o This therapy is used by dermatologists for cosmetic purposes in helping to reduce the effects of aging. Dermatologists also are using PDT to treat acne, skin cancer and rosacea.

How to Get Treatment
o Blue light therapy is performed by medical professionals in most cases. An oncologist should be consulted for treatment of cancer, and a dermatologist should be consulted for skin conditions.

Complications
o Most patients do not have serious complications after receiving PDT. If you receive the treatment for a skin condition, you might receive a slight burn, similar to sunburn

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