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Photodynamic Therapy of Diseases of the Head and Neck

Merrill A. Biel
224 pages, Color Illustrations (2 Color), Hardcover, 7 x 10"
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This authoritative text presents the background, methodology and outcomes for Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) treatment of diseases of the head and neck. The author, an expert and pioneer in this field, discusses the indications for PDT treatment with their advantages and pitfalls. As PDT is an approved therapy for treatment of head and neck cancers in many countries in the world, this text provides the clinician and basic researcher with an understanding of PDT and how to successfully employ it for the successful treatment of head and neck cancers. This comprehensive book is unique in that no other scientific text has devoted itself to the presentation of PDT treatment of head and neck and upper aerodigestive tract disease, a treatment area that has its own unique treatment issues.

This is the first text for clinicians and researchers who need to perform or learn about PDT of the head and neck. The text includes both established treatment modalities as well as new and upcoming treatments, such as the use of PDT to treat antibiotic resistant infections.


  • Rodrigo Bayon, MD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine), Doody's Review Service (2008):
    "This is an excellent review of photodynamic therapy and its various applications in the field of head and neck surgery. Each chapter is written in an informative yet readable fashion. Both novices and experts in PDT are likely to benefit from this book."

  1. The Roswell Park History of PDT: 1972 to the Present: A Personal Perspective
    Thomas J. Dougherty
  2. Principles of Photodynamic Therapy-Induced Killing of Tumor Cells
    Nancy L. Oleinick and David Kessel
  3. PDT Laser Physics and Safety
    Tom Mang
  4. Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) in Oral Cancer
    Barry L. Wenig and David Goldenberg
  5. Photodynamic Therapy of Early Laryngeal Cancer
    Merrill A. Biel
  6. Interstitial PDT Cancer Treatment
    Christian S. Betz and Colin Hopper
  7. Intraoperative Adjuvant PDT of Head and Neck Cancer
    Merrill A. Biel
  8. Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) in Nasopharyngeal Cancer
    I. B. Tan, H. J. Nyst, H. J. C. M. Sterenborg, R. L. P. van Veen, P. C. Levendag, D. J. Robinson, and F. A. Stewart
  9. Photodynamic Therapy for Esophageal Diseases
    Wetske M. Wystra and Kenneth K. Wang
  10. The Use of Photodynamic Therapy in the Management of Lung Cancer
    Eric S. Edell
  11. Photodynamic Therapy in Skin Cancer of the Head and Neck
    Alexander Kübler and Nicolas Hunzelmann
  12. Nursing Care of the Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) Head and Neck Patient
    Carla Kane
  13. Photodynamic Therapy of Recurrent Respitory Papillomatosis
    Mark J. Shikowitz, Bettie M. Steinberg, and Virginia Mullooly
  14. PDT of Bacterial and Fungal Biofilms
    Merrill Biel
  • Glossary of Terms
  • Appendices
    • 1. PDT Laser Treatment Record
    • 2. Formulae for Light Dose

About The Author

Merrill A. Biel

Merrill A. Biel, MD, PhD, Ear, Nose and Throat Specialty Care of Minnesota, Minneapolis.