Mayo Clinic's approach

Mayo Clinic doctors are experienced in using photodynamic therapy to treat a variety of conditions, including:

  • Esophageal cancer
  • Barrett's esophagus
  • Bile duct cancer
  • Certain skin diseases, including precancerous skin changes (actinic keratosis) and nonmelanoma skin cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Stomach cancer

Additional uses for photodynamic therapy are being studied in clinical trials, including for pancreatic cancer.

Your Mayo Clinic care team

At Mayo Clinic, doctors from a variety of specialties work together to create multidisciplinary teams to care for people considering photodynamic therapy. Your medical team works with you to create a treatment plan that meets your needs and provides you with whole-person care.

Nationally recognized expertise

Mayo Clinic doctors have experience performing photodynamic therapy for a wide variety of diseases and conditions.

In the 1960s, Mayo Clinic doctors conducted pioneering studies that generated interest in using photodynamic therapy as a cancer treatment. Mayo Clinic doctors and scientists continue to perfect the use of photodynamic therapy.

Expertise and rankings

Mayo Clinic doctors are respected for their pioneering work in the field of photodynamic therapy. This expertise and experience ensures that your team is prepared with the knowledge and resources to provide you with exactly the care you need.

Mayo Clinic Cancer Center meets strict standards for a National Cancer Institute comprehensive cancer center, which recognizes scientific excellence and a multidisciplinary approach to cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., and Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for cancer by U.S. News & World Report.

Locations, travel and lodging

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

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Costs and insurance

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.

In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

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Please contact your insurance company to verify medical coverage and to obtain any needed authorization prior to your visit. Often, your insurer's customer service number is printed on the back of your insurance card.