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Effects of fluence rate on cytoxicity during photodynamic therapy
Author(s): Theresa M. Sitnik; Barbara W. Henderson
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Paper Abstract

Production of 1O2 during PDT may be limited as a consequence of tissue oxygen depletion by the photodynamic process. This may in turn limit cytotoxicity during PDT. One possible way of controlling oxygen consumption during treatment is through modification of fluence rate. We have studied the impact of fluence rate on tumor oxygenation and direct PDT cytotoxicity using the RIF murine tumor and the photosensitizer Photofrin. Both fluence rates caused an acute decrease in tumor pO2 to severely hypoxic levels. With 150 mW/cm2 light median pO2 remained low during prolonged exposure, while with 30 mW/cm2 light median pO2 values recovered to above control levels. When tumors treated with 135 J/cm2 at each fluence rate were tested for cell survival in a clonogenic assay, 30 mW/cm2 significantly decreased both cell clonogenicity and plating efficiency compared to light-only controls. Slight but insignificant decreases were found with 150 mW/cm2. During in vitro PDT the fluence rate of light delivery had no effect on cell survival. In summary, we have found that low fluence rate improves tumor oxygenation and direct cell effects during PDT.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 May 1997
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 2972, Optical Methods for Tumor Treatment and Detection: Mechanisms and Techniques in Photodynamic Therapy VI, (8 May 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.273493
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Theresa M. Sitnik, Roswell Park Cancer Institute (United States)
Barbara W. Henderson, Roswell Park Cancer Institute (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2972:
Optical Methods for Tumor Treatment and Detection: Mechanisms and Techniques in Photodynamic Therapy VI
Thomas J. Dougherty, Editor(s)

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