The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation

COPD, Lung Cancer and Phototherapy as a treatment

Hi my mum has just been diagnosed with lung cancer and has been told she can not have any treatment as she has COPD, however I have been researching treatments and have come across phototherapy (PDT) but when she mention it today at a clinic she was told they hadn't heard of it... has anyone got any information?

Thank you

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Macmillan and Cancer Research UK have information on PDT. I am surprised that no treatment could be offered. I know surgery would compromise COPD, but there is Radiofrequency ablation and other treatments besides surgery. If you are in UK your mother should be allocated a lung cancer nurse who could give you more details about your mother's exact diagnoses and treatment or non-treatment plan.

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Thank you for your reply, I'll get my mum to speak to the lung cancer nurse and see if they will consider or try some kind of treatment. Thank you


Dear Figgyd

Welcome to the forum and sorry to hear about your Mum. As Spirituality has responded with cancer research UK, they have really useful information on this and I have attached the link directly on photodynamictherapy

Cancer research UK have a list of ongoing clinical trials, if this is something your Mum may consider, they give information on the trials and who may be eligible. This is the direct link[0]=field_trial_status%3A4386

The lung cancer specialist nurse should be able to direct you to what radiology department does this , or you could arrange another appointment with the specialist to discuss this.

If you wish to discuss anything you can call us on our free nurse led helpline number on

0800 358 7200


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