Patch means skin cancer can be treated in primary care

A light-emitting ‘plaster' has been developed to treat skin cancer and may allow GPs to treat patients in the surgery or at their home.

Skin cancer
Skin cancer

The self-adhesive patch is an adaptation of photodynamic therapy treatment (PDT), but uses the latest technology to develop a compact light source. Previous methods of administering PDT have required the patient to lie under a light for several hours to activate anti-cancer creams applied to the skin.

The technology has been developed by a team from St Andrews University and Dundee’s Ninewells Hospital.

The patch contains its own organic light-emitting diode and is suitable for treating only the less serious non-melanoma cancers near to the surface of the skin. The researchers claim that the patch may also be used to treat conditions like acne and may have a cosmetic use to prevent ageing.

MIMS links

Cancer

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

UK COVID-19 vaccination programme tracker

UK COVID-19 vaccination programme tracker

GPs across the UK are playing a leading role in the largest-ever NHS vaccination...

GP-led sites behind almost three quarters of COVID-19 jabs in England

GP-led sites behind almost three quarters of COVID-19 jabs in England

GP-led vaccination sites have delivered nearly three quarters of COVID-19 vaccine...

GPs should ignore calls to throw away usable COVID-19 vaccine, says RCGP

GPs should ignore calls to throw away usable COVID-19 vaccine, says RCGP

Suggestions that vaccination sites should throw away usable doses of COVID-19 vaccine...

GPs urged to use influence to dispel COVID-19 vaccine myths and boost BAME uptake

GPs urged to use influence to dispel COVID-19 vaccine myths and boost BAME uptake

GPs have been encouraged to use their ‘huge influence’ to bust misinformation around...

Six in 10 over-80s vaccinated against COVID-19 as figures expose regional variation

Six in 10 over-80s vaccinated against COVID-19 as figures expose regional variation

Six in 10 people aged over 80 in England received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine...

Summary of changes to the GP contract 2021/22

Summary of changes to the GP contract 2021/22

The BMA and NHS England have agreed minor changes to the GP contract for 2021/22....