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updated March 5, 1999

A search of "photodynamic therapy" using various search engines has yielded large numbers of references. Of these, we have selected references that contain reliable information that is likely to be of use. Four lists of PDT references, primarily those pertaining to cancer, that may be of interest are compiled below:

The lists are an ongoing project and new entries will continue to be added as discovered.

Selected Links of General Interest
Description Date Link
An overview of PDT from the Medical College of Wisconsin, USA. Feb 1999 link
Photodynamic laser therapy as a novel way of eliminating premalignant lesions, superficial oral cancers and for palliating advanced lesions. - Eastman Dental Institute for Oral Health Care Sciences, University of London, England. One brief page. Mar 98 link
Lions Laser Skin Centre Home Page. Information on PDT for dermatology and psoriasis. - Vancouver, BC, Canada Mar 98 link
Lung Cancer Treatment. Lung cancer claimed the lives of about 160-thousand people throughout the country in 1997. - WXYZ-TV Healthy Living Feb 98 link
NCI Cancernet patient information page on Photodynamic Therapy. Excellent overview of PDT. June 1998 li nk
A brief statement about PDT for esophageal cancer. LungLinks, Allegheny Center for Lung and Thoracic Disease. ?list Jan 98 link
UPCC Phase II Clinical trial of PhotoDynamic Therapy for disseminated intraperitoneal cancer. Author: John H. Glick, MD, director, University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center. Part of the University of Pennsylvania's comprehesive cancer OncoLink website. Dec 1997 link
Phase II Study of Intraperitoneal Photodynamic Therapy for Patients with Overtly Disseminated Intraperitoneal Malignancies. Study evaluates effectiveness of photodynamic therapy in patients with ovarian cancer, sarcoma and gastrointestinal cancers. A page on PDT for ovarian cancer. Univ. of Pennsylvania Medical Center. Dec 97 link
Penn State Geisinger in Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA. General description of PDT. 1997 link
A worthwhile site to visit. A brief description of PDT and the clinical research activities of the Univ. of British Columbia, Canada. ?Dec 1997 link
A comprehensive PDT website from the Laser Medical Research Foundation, Dr. James McCaughan, Grant Laser Center, Ohio. ?Nov 1997 link
Pioneering treatment of cancer patients by University of Leeds scientists and clinicians using photodynamic therapy (PDT) receives a £2.6 million award from the Yorkshire Cancer Research Campaign. The Yorkshire team is currently treating patients with pituitary (brain) tumours. Oct 1997 link
Canada Newswire (CNW). Links to several news releases from QLT Phototherapeutic Inc. as recent as January 1999. Oct 1997 and newer link
QLT Phototherapeutics Inc. Announces Photofrin Launched In France And Germany. - First photodynamic therapy drug launched in Europe. - New diode laser introduced in Europe to activate Photofrin, Vancouver, Oct. 23 Oct 1997 link
QLT Phototherapeutics Announces FDA Advisory Committee Recommends Approval Of Photofrin For Treatment Of Early-Stage Lung Cancer. Washington, D.C., Sept. 18. Sep 1997 link
PDT Clinical Trial Summary. Photodynamic Therapy For Metastatic Breast Cancer Sep 1997 link
QLT Phototherapeutics Inc. Announces Photofrin Approved In Germany For The Treatment Of Early-Stage Lung Cancer. Vancouver, Aug. 7 Aug 1997 link
Ligand Announces Additional Cancer Submissions In Canada For Proleukin And Photofrin, Chiron Files Supplemental New Drug Submission for Malignant Melanoma, QLT Files Supplemental New Drug Submission For Non Small Cell Lung Cancer. San Diego, Aug. 6 Aug 1997 link
QLT Seeks Canadian Approval for Lung Cancer Treatment. Vancouver, July 7 Jul 1997 link
Photodynamic Therapy Effective For Early-Stage Lung Cancer -- Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Fla. -- July 2, 1997 -- Some patients with small, early-stage lung cancers can be spared surgery and treated effectively with photodynamic therapy, according to a study by a Mayo Clinic Jacksonville lung specialist. Jul 1997 link
QLT Phototherapeutics Inc. - Long-term data released at the International Photodynamic Therapy Symposium in Tokyo. Canada Newswire. Mar 1997 link
A site compiling news, links, and articles on PDT that appeal to the lay person as well as physicians and scientists. By LumaCare Inc., a company making light sources for PDT. Mar 1997 link
An article on an early PDT treatment featuring Dr. James McCaughan, one of the pioneer clinicians first developing PDT protocols. Also touches on age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in people over age 50. Feb 1997 link
QLT Seeks U.S. Approval For Lung Cancer Treatment. Vancouver, Feb. 11 /CNW/ Feb 1997 link
An article on the first West Coast esophageal PDT treatment at the Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic, Irvine CA. Aug 1997 link
Photodynamic Therapy Of Advanced Esophageal Cancer. Notice of recruitment for subjects with advanced esophageal cancer in PDT trial at Massachusetts General Hospital. 1996? link
Treatment of Dysplastic Barrett's Esophagus with Photodynamic Therapy. Investigators: Norman S. Nishioka, M.D., GI Unit, MGH; William R. Brugge, M.D., GI Unit, MGH. Notice of recruitment for subjects with Barrett's esophagus in PDT trial from Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University. 1996? link
A gateway citing some links and PDT info. Sep 1996 link
An article about PDT for pets. Drug-laser therapy is promising treatment for pet cancer. Aug 1996 link
Let There Be Light. Laser-Activated Drugs Destroy Cancer Cells, Not Nearby Tissues. By Patricia Anstett, Knight-Ridder News Service. Aug 1996 link
What is PDT? A discussion by Yoram Harth MD. Has some good photos of treatment of skin cancer on the face. May 1996 link
NCI PDQ Clinical Trial Summary: Phase I Study of Photodynamic Therapy with Porfimer Sodium for Refractory Childhood Brain Tumors. Nov 1995 link
Article on PDT for Barrett's esophagus (Dr. Gene Overholt's work). Jul 1995 link
PDT Websites Likely to Be of Interest to Scientists and Health Professionals
Photodynamic Therapy for Basal Cell Carcinoma: Effect of Tumor Thickness and Duration of Photosensitizer Application on Response - Archives of Dermatology Feb 98 link
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) for treatment of choroidal neovascularization (CNV) in age related macular degeneration (AMD). - Medizinische Universitaet zu Luebeck, Dept. of Ophthalmology. Link to email address of ophthalmology PDT group in Germany. Aug 97 link
Research activities on PDT from the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne. Prof. H. van den Bergh. Jun 1997 link
26 abstract titles/authors/phone/FAX on PDT from Photobiology Online listing of 1997 European society for Photobiology Annual Meeting. 1997 link
Research report on using 2-photon excitation of photodynamic dyes to achieve PDT. Focusing near infrared laser light into tissue enables 2-photon activation only at depth in tissue. Oak Ridge National Labs. Dec 1996 link
Photodynamic Therapy with m-THPC as Adjuvant Treatment for Resected Malignant Mesothelioma. P. Baas et al., The Netherlands Cancer Inst., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and Bern, Switzerland. 1996 link
A brief description of a PDT treatment of brain tumor (glioblastoma) first reported in 1989. From Innsbruck, Austria. Mar 98 link
Report of trials on PDT for Barrett's Esophagus at the Tennessee Cancer Survival Center conducted by Dr. Gene Overholt. American College of Gastroenterology website. Oct 1996 link
Photodynamic Therapy in Dermatology. - Clemens Fritsch, MD, Gunter Goerz, MD, Thomas Ruzicka, MD, Archives of Dermatology Feb 98 link
University of Salzburg. Working group on cell biology and tumor research. PDT section. ?Dec 1997 link

Websites of Some PDT-Related Commercial Concerns
Site published by Rusch. A brief one-page statement on the company's interests in PDT. Kernen, Germany.
Laserscope, Inc., a manufacturer of lasers. Their PDT website.
Diomed, Inc., a firm that makes portable diode lasers for PDT and other applications.
Miravant, a firm specializing in devices and drugs for PDT. Photopoint® is their PDT program.
Pharmacyclics, a company active in developing PDT drugs and other pharmaceuticals.

Broken or Outdated PDT Links
Phase II/III Open Label Randomized Controlled Study of Single Dose Tin Ethyl Etiopurpurin (SnET2) Followed by Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) in Patients with Cutaneous Metastatic Breast Who Have Failed Prior Radiation Therapy
Broken link:
Sep 1997
Phase I Study of Photofrin Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) Combined with High Dose Rate (HDR) Brachytherapy for Patients with Endobronchial Obstructions From Lung Cancer. Summary Last Modified: 06/97.
Broken link:
Jun 1997
Company announcement (QLT Inc.) of submission for FDA approval of PDT for lung cancer. PRNewswire.
Broken link:News2.html
July 1997
Phase I/II Study of Multiple Light Fiber Interstitial Photodynamic Therapy for Primary and Metastatic Supratentorial Brain Tumors.
Broken link:
Aug 1997
7th Biennal Meeting of the International Photodynamic Association, Nantes, France. 07/07/98 to 07/09/98. Contact information.
Broken link:http://www.pslgroup.com/dg/298B2.htm
Nov 1997
QLT Commences Phase III Clinical Trial For Photofrin To Treat Barrett's Esophagus
Broken link:prnewswire1-7-98.html
Jan 98
QLT PhotoTherapeutics Announces FDA Approves Photofrin as a Treatment for Certain Early-Stage Lung Cancers
Broken link:prnewswire1-9-98.html
Jan 98
A brief page summarizing Type I vs Type II photochemical reactions.
Broken link: http://risc.upol.cz/~otyepka/pdt.htm
Mar 98

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