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Increasing oxygenation and radiation sensitivity following photodynamic therapy with verteporfin in the RIF-1 tumor
Author(s): Brian W. Pogue; Julia A. O'Hara; Eugene Demidenko; Carmen M. Wilmot; Bin Chen; Harold M. Swartz; Tayyaba Hasan
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Paper Abstract

The combination of verteporfin-based photodynamic therapy (PDT) wiht radiaiton therapy from an orthovoltage device has been examiend in the radiation induced fibrosarcoma tumor model. PDT with verteporfin using a 3 hour delay between injection and the time of optical irradiation has been shown to cause a significant rise in overlal tumor oxygenation. It was huypothesized that this mechanism arises from the reduced oxygen consumption from cells where the PDT has targeted the mitochondria and shut down cellular respiration. Tumor blood flow was measured and found to be still be patent immediately following therapy. This increasing oxygenation was thought to provide an opportunity to increase the radiation sensitivity of the tumor immediately following PDT. When this type of treatment was combined with radiation therapy, a delay in the tumor regrowth time demonstrated that the combined effect was greater than additive. Further study of this phenomenon will provide a more complete mechanistic understanding of the effect and possibly provide a viable pre-treatment for radiation therapy of tumore that increases the therapeutic ratio. This effect could be used to either increase the radiaton dose without increasing the side effects or decrease the dose needed for the same effect on the tumor.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 June 2003
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 4952, Optical Methods for Tumor Treatment and Detection: Mechanisms and Techniques in Photodynamic Therapy XII, (13 June 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.473594
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Brian W. Pogue, Dartmouth College (United States)
Wellman Labs. of Photomedicine/Massachusetts General Hospital (United States)
Harvard Medical School (United States)
Julia A. O'Hara, Dartmouth Medical School (United States)
Eugene Demidenko, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Ctr. (United States)
Carmen M. Wilmot, Dartmouth Medical School (United States)
Bin Chen, Dartmouth College (United States)
Harold M. Swartz, Dartmouth Medical School (United States)
Tayyaba Hasan, Wellman Labs. of Photomedicine/Massachusetts General Hospital (United States)
Harvard Medical School (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4952:
Optical Methods for Tumor Treatment and Detection: Mechanisms and Techniques in Photodynamic Therapy XII
David Kessel, Editor(s)

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