Photodynamic Therapy Center

  • Gal Shafirstein, DSc, Director of PDT Clinical Research (left), and PDT Nurse Michele Cooper, RN, BSN (right), show George Grace the type of laser that was used for his treatment with photodynamic therapy.

Photodynamic Therapy at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

Photodynamic therapy (PDT) was developed at Roswell Park, and the PDT Center is a worldwide leader in its use for treating many types of cancer.

PDT, developed in the late 1970s by the lateĀ Thomas Dougherty, PhD, Chief Emeritus of the Center, is a targeted anticancer treatment, one that kills tumor cells without permanently damaging surrounding tissue. The treatment involves the administration of a nontoxic drug that settles in tumor cells, followed by the application of laser light to the tumor, thereby activating the drug and killing the cancer. At Roswell Park, it is used to treat various types of cancer, including cancers of the skin, lung, breast, gynecological cancers, esophagus, pleura, head and neck, mouth and larynx.

Read more about photodynamic therapy on our blog.

Please direct general and disease-specific questions to:

Photodynamic Therapy, Director - Dr. Sandra Gollnick

Mailing Address
PDT Center
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Elm & Carlton Streets
Buffalo, NY 14263