Now sticking plasters can treat cancer
Published 13/03/2010 | 05:00
Scientists yesterday unveiled a sticking plaster-type device which can be used to treat skin cancer.
The light-emitting Ambulight PDT can be worn by patients as they move around, reducing the time they need to spend in hospitals. It also aims to make treatment more comfortable and avoids scarring. Skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in the UK, with rates doubling every eight to 10 years.
In the new treatment, a cream is applied to the skin and the 5cm-wide device, which has a power source about the size of an iPod, is stuck on top.