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Light therapy proves effective in early prostate cancer treatment

Light therapy proves effective in early prostate cancer treatment

Tuesday 17 January 2017

Coming hard on the tail of the news that photoimmunotherapy (PIT) may represent an option for those with head and neck cancer (see our recent blog click here ), trial results have now been published which suggest that light therapy may also provide an option for those suffering from low risk prostate cancer.

Vascular-Targeted Photodynamic Therapy (VTP) was shown to offer complete remission to almost half of a group of 400 men with localized prostate cancer in phase III clinical trials reported in The Lancet Oncology.

Professor Mark Emberton, Dean of Medical Sciences and a Consultant Urologist at University College London says:

"This is truly a huge leap forward for prostate cancer treatment, which has previously lagged decades behind other solid cancers such as breast cancer. These results are excellent news for men with early localized prostate cancer, offering a treatment that can kill cancer without removing or destroying the prostate."


  1. Medical News Today:
    Light therapy 'a huge leap forward' for early prostate cancer treatment.

  2. EurekAlert!:
    Light therapy effectively treats early prostate cancer.


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  • john cen
    26 Jul 2017

    Its really an happy news for the achievement. So many sufferers will be relieved with this therapy using VTP. World needs such developement to eradicate every kind of cancer menave from earth.

    Serious Readers reply:

    Dear John – many thanks for your feedback. Yes, the work of Dr Emberton and his team is indeed a great achievement.

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