New Sticking Plaster Can Treat Skin Cancer

15 March 2010 (Last Updated March 15th, 2010 18:30)

A sticking plaster that can treat skin cancer suffers at their GP surgery has been developed by UK doctors. Dundee's Ninewells Hospital professor James Ferguson, who invented the device said the Ambulight device works by triggering a chemical reaction that kills the cancer cells.

A sticking plaster that can treat skin cancer suffers at their GP surgery has been developed by UK doctors.

Dundee's Ninewells Hospital professor James Ferguson, who invented the device said the Ambulight device works by triggering a chemical reaction that kills the cancer cells.

"We get an 80–90% complete cure with this device," Ferguson said.

The device uses a new technique called photodynamic therapy, which uses light to activate powerful drugs placed on the cancerous area.

The device can only treat non-melanoma skin cancer, which is usually not fatal and extremely common, affecting around 81,000 people a year in Britain.

The device will not be suitable for the more fatal form of the disease, malignant melanoma, which affects around 10,000 people annually, according to telegraph.co.uk.

The Ambulight is to be officially launched at the European Society for Photodynamic Therapy in Monaco.