The Centre for Optics and Photonics (CEFOP) and the faculties of Medicine and Dentistry of the University of Concepción have gathered together a multidisciplinary team to work with specialists from the University of São Paulo.
During the last 15 years, a total of 3,588 people have died because of skin cancer in Chile. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), nearly three million new cases of non-melanoma skin cancer and 132,000 melanomas are diagnosed annually.
When facing basal cell carcinoma (non-melanoma), specialists not only fight to eliminate the carcinoma, but they also try to insure that marks are not left on their patients. Today, this possibility is a reality through Photodynamic therapy, or PDT, which is known in Chile mainly through dermatological treatments such as the elimination of acne.
A Brazilian team from the Optics and Photonics Research Center (CEPOF) of the University of São Paulo, led by Dr. Vanderlei Bagnato, has years of experience in this topic, time in which they have developed research groups and a gel with effective results in this type of treatment. Before they were aware of the interest in PDT therapy at the Center for Optics and Photonics and the Medicine and Dentistry faculties, they decided to bring their research team and their gel to the Bio Bio region to treat patients who wished to participate in this therapy.
To carry this out, the participating members of the University of Concepción have organized a workshop titled: “Modern optical techniques for health studies and applications,” which will take place the 13th and 14th of July at the facilities of the Medicine and Dentistry faculties.
On the first day, CEPOF researchers will give talks related to this technique, its benefits, progress, and future. On the second day, dermatologists, dentists, doctors and physicists will be among the participants who will witness the use of photodynamic therapy in a viewing box prepared in the Dentistry building.
Once this workshop is over, the research team will remain at the University of Concepción to continue their work with patients and, in parallel, to conduct research.
Review the workshop’s activities program HERE