Buckhead Office

3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500

Atlanta, GA 30326

Mon. - Fri.: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm

Roswell Office

11755 Pointe Place, Suite B-2

Roswell, GA 30076

Mon. - Fri.: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm

Photo Dynamic Therapy (PDT) for Treatment of Precancerous Lesions

Traditional treatment of most skin cancers involves surgery and radiation to eliminate cancer cells. Now, a new and less invasive treatment option is available. Olansky Dermatology Associates, with two locations in Roswell and Atlanta, Georgia, is one of the few skin cancer specialists to now offer photo dynamic therapy (PDT) for the advanced treatment of precancerous lesions and other skin cancers.

Photo dynamic therapy (PDT) harnesses the power of light and combines it with special medications, called “photosensitizing agents,” to weaken and eliminate cancer cells. The drug is in the form of a cream that is rubbed into your skin throughout the area where precancerous lesions are located. After your skin has completely absorbed the drug, a special light is directed onto your skin for a brief period of time. The light activates the drugs which damage and help eliminate the cancer cells.

In fact, some studies have shown that PDT may also work to disrupt and destroy the blood vessels that nourish these skin cancer cells, and even stimulate your immune system to begin fighting against the cancer.

Skin Cancer Specialists

During testing and in actual application with skin cancer patients, PDT has demonstrated an effectiveness equal to standard surgery and radiation treatment. However, due to its minimally invasive nature, it costs much less, recovery is much faster and no long-term side effects have been detected. In addition, any scarring from PDT is smaller and may even be unnoticeable.

Dr. David Olansky, and his highly experienced team of dermatology and skin cancer specialists at Olansky Dermatology Associates, are pleased to offer this new, innovative treatment option to our patients. Photo dynamic therapy may be best suited for patients diagnosed with:

  • Actinic keratosis (also called Solar Keratosis)
  • Basal cell cancer
  • Squamous cell carcinoma
  • Multiple cancers grouped in the same area
  • A large, but shallow cancerous lesion

Dr. Olansky or one of his team will determine if PDT is best for your specific case. Patients with certain blood diseases cannot have PDT, as well as patients with certain nut allergies.

What Happens During a PDT Treatment?

First, photo dynamic therapy is considered an outpatient procedure and is handled here at our Olansky Dermatology Associates offices. Your appointment may take up to one hour. Your doctor may find it necessary to remove any scaly growth from the treatment area to have a clear field. The treatment area is liberally covered with a special cream containing the photosensitizing drugs. Different types of creams can be used, and some are absorbed faster than others.

Depending on your skin and how fast the cream is absorbed, your doctor may ask you to go home and return the next day for the remaining portion of your PDT treatment. During the next phase, your doctor will aim a special light onto the treatment area. This lasts for approximately 15 minutes, and you may feel a slight stinging or burning sensation. Let your doctor know if the treatment becomes unpleasant. Your doctor may also require you to wear protective goggles during this phase of treatment.

Other side effects may include:

  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Redness
  • Stinging
  • Swelling

These side effects may develop after leaving the Olansky Dermatology offices. Let your doctor know if they develop, so they can advise you on how to manage them. Any side effects should resolve within a day or two. During this time, avoid prolonged sun exposure and any skin treatments. Depending on your type of cancer and its level of development, your doctor may recommend another treatment after a few weeks.

Olansky Dermatology Associates is proud to be one of the area’s first skin cancer specialists to provide PDT treatments for our patients in Roswell and throughout the Atlanta area. For more information, or to schedule a PDT consultation with one of our skin cancer specialists, contact us or book an appointment online.

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Buckhead Office

3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500

Atlanta, GA 30326

Roswell Office

11755 Pointe Place, Suite B-2

Roswell, GA 30076

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Olansky Dermatology Associates

4.8/ 5.0

Based on 1200+ reviews

Ashley A.

Mandy Ramer, NP-C was such a pleasure to meet with. She listened to all of my concerns and addressed each one with a plan that fit my needs. I am so glad I picked Olansky Dermatology. Absolutely thrilled with their service from appointment setting through check out.

Kara E.

The appointment process is quick easy and convenient online. Parking is easy enough. I got in basically right at my appointment time. I didn’t have to wait hardly at all. The doctors and nurses are nice, knowledgeable and helpful. The procedure I had was easy and I got out fast and was on my way.

Suzanne H.

This was probably the best experience I’ve ever had going to a dermatologist. Every interaction I had with the staff was pleasant and they were so helpful. I had accidentally cancelled my appointment and the girls at the front desk help me get in so I could be seen and someone could help me. Which I really appreciated, most places would have just turned me away. The doctor or pa I saw that day I can’t remember her name was lovely and took great care of me. I will be going to Olansky’s going forward. You will not be disappointed! The staff is excellent!

Coriana W.

Dr. Bender honestly changed my life around. I had extremely bad hormonal and cystic acne, and have been told for years that there is nothing I can do but wash my face and etc.. Dr. Bender gave me hope that there is hope she helped get my confidence back and now I’m finally free. She cares about her patients and takes her time with you every visit. If you need help in anything derma-logical then you really need to go to her.

Jenny S.

The doctors and PA’s are great and very knowledgeable. I never have to wait to long and the office staff is always very nice. I also take my son there and they are great with him as well. I would highly recommend Olansky Dermatology.

Kristen R.

Olansky Dermatology is wonderful! Our whole family goes. My daughter has had terrible eczema through the years and both my kids had mollescum too. They always make things better and spend time explaining whats wrong and how to fix it.

Mike D.

I recently had a couple appointments at Olanksy Dermatology and was seen by Julia Lee. Julie was excellent and quickly took care of the issue I was having with my skin. I would highly recommend Olansky Dermatology and especially Julia Lee to anyone in need of a dermatologist.

Tamima D.

My husband is a patient of PA Sharon Doering I appreciate all she did for my spouse. She’s very down to earth & made him feel comfortable. Sharon communicated in a way that he can understand.
Thank You

Lisa H.

I see the physician assistant Sharon Doering and she has drastically improved my skin! I highly recommend this practice and their brilliant thourough doctors. I finally have glowing skin!

Betty G.

I have had excellent experience at Olansky Dermatology. Dr Burger is meticulous and thorough and has a most pleasant and calm manner. I have every confidence in her and this office.

Cheyenne G.

Very kind and understanding people. Dr. Bellamy and her nurse took the time to listen to all my concerns and never made me feel rushed.

Kishan P.

I was actually running a bit late, but they were very friendly and knowledgeable about what was going on with my skin. And also very timely.I will definitely stick with them!

Khol S.

Very professional and pleasant staff. When I arrived at my appointment this afternoon I was informed that my doctor called out sick and they tried calling to let me know but I just recently changed my number so they were unable to reach me. The receptionist was so sweet and helpful. Instead of leaving and making a new appointment they fit me in without an issue and without any waiting.

Susan H.

Dr. Ilyas was highly recommended to me so I decided to change dermatologists. I am so glad as I am pleased with his expertise and his highly professional manner. I am also delighted with Emily Raville, Aesthetician. She does a wonderful job and I am recommending her to my friends as well. I am completely satisfied – can’t get any better than that!