Photodynamic therapy for lung cancer--a review of 19 years' experience

J Photochem Photobiol B. 1998 Feb;42(2):96-9. doi: 10.1016/s1011-1344(97)00128-0.


This paper reviews studies of photodynamic therapy for the treatment of lung cancer in Japan, carried out since 1978. Photodynamic therapy has been applied clinically to both early and advanced stages of lung cancer and in combination with surgery. It can preserve pulmonary function, is well tolerated and is cost-effective in comparison with other treatments.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Humans
  • Lung Neoplasms / drug therapy*
  • Lung Neoplasms / surgery
  • Photochemotherapy*