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Optimization of photodynamic therapy: the influence of photosensitizer uptake and distribution on tumor response
Author(s): P. Cramers; R. Veenhuizen; Marjan Ruevekamp; Hugo Oppelaar; Paul Baas; J. Schellens; Fiona A. Stewart
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Paper Abstract

PDT is being used to treat small localized cancer or as an adjuvant to debulking surgery for more advanced disease. Clinical protocols for PDT are based on the assumption that optimum intervals between photosensitizer administration and illumination are at times of maximum differential between drug retention in tumor and surrounding normal tissue. Tumor destructing can, however, occur either by direct cell killing or by vascular mediated damage. The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between plasma and tumor photosensitizer levels and PDT effect for the RIF1 murine tumor and the H-MESO1 xenograft tumor. mTHPC plasma levels decreased rapidly according to a biexponential fit. The tumor drug levels, however increased from 5 minutes to 6 hours after injection and remained high for at least 48 hours. Maximum tumor PDT response was seen at 1 to 3 hour drug-light intervals with very little effect for drug-light intervals > 24 hours. No correlation was found between tumor mthpc levels and tumor response, whereas plasma mTHPC levels and PDT correlated significantly. These studies support the hypothesis that vascular mediated damage is more important than direct tumor cell toxicity and that it is drug exposure of endothelial cells in vessels feeding the tumor which determines PDT response.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 January 2001
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 4156, Clinical Lasers and Diagnostics, (31 January 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.413734
Show Author Affiliations
P. Cramers, Netherlands Cancer Institute (Netherlands)
R. Veenhuizen, Netherlands Cancer Institute (Netherlands)
Marjan Ruevekamp, Netherlands Cancer Institute (Netherlands)
Hugo Oppelaar, Netherlands Cancer Institute (Netherlands)
Paul Baas, Netherlands Cancer Institute (Netherlands)
J. Schellens, Netherlands Cancer Institute (Netherlands)
Fiona A. Stewart, Netherlands Cancer Institute (Netherlands)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4156:
Clinical Lasers and Diagnostics
Patrick Brouwer, Editor(s)

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