Unprecedented phototherapy treatment in Brazil promises to reduce risk of brain tumor return

A team of doctors from Paraná reported the success, unprecedented in Brazil, of intraoperative photodynamic therapy combined with the use of the dye 5-ALA to treat severe brain cancer. This type of procedure is currently performed only in Germany and France.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - According to estimates by medical experts, severe brain tumors affect 4.7 people per 100 thousand inhabitants worldwide. The procedure with light occurs shortly after the removal of severe tumors.

A team of doctors from Paraná reported the success, unprecedented in Brazil, of intraoperative photodynamic therapy (PDT) combined with the use of the dye 5-ALA to treat severe brain cancer. The following is an explanation of how it works.

The procedure promises to reduce the risks of disease recurrence and prolong patients' lives.

HOW IT WORKS

In a nutshell, the treatment uses a powerful red . . .

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