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Side Effects of Photodynamic Therapy
Photodynamic therapy makes the skin and eyes sensitive to light for 6 weeks or more after treatment. Patients are advised to avoid direct sunlight and bright indoor light for at least 6 weeks. If patients must go outdoors, they need to wear protective clothing, including sunglasses. Other temporary side effects of PDT may include coughing, trouble swallowing, and painful breathing or shortness of breath. Patients should consult their doctor about what to do if the skin becomes blistered, red, or swollen.
Follow-up care after lung cancer treatment is very important. Regular checkups ensure that changes in health are noticed, and if the cancer returns or a new cancer develops, it can be treated as soon as possible. Checkups may include physical exams, chest x-rays, or lab tests. Between scheduled appointments, people who have had lung cancer should report any health problems to their healthcare provider as soon as they appear.
You can read more about treatment options (by the type and stage of lung cancer) by going to the following eMedTV articles: