In January 2001, the Barbara Stewart Cancer Trust (Dunfermline) officially established the Scottish Photodynamic Therapy Centre, which is based in the Photobiology Unit, Department of Dermatology, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee.

Barbara Stewart

Barbara Stewart was diagnosed as having an inoperable adenoid cystic carcinoma of the trachea in 1993. After failure of conventional therapy she was informed that there was no more that medicine could do for her. Following reading a Daily Mail article about photodynamic therapy (PDT), she sought and received repeated PDT for her lung cancer in Goole Hospital under the care of Professor Keyvan Moghissi. Prior to her death some six years later, she and her husband then determined that they would fund a charity, the Barbara Stewart Cancer Trust, which then donated £1.7 million to establish a Scottish Centre to be fully equipped to deliver PDT for multiple types of cancer.

The Centre has three main functions:

  • the provision of effective patient treatment
  • to develop research to improve cancer diagnosis, photodynamic diagnosis (PDD) and therapy
  • the development of a national training centre for PDT

During the first year since the Service was established (January 1st 2001 - December 31 2001), a number of patients have been treated with PDT (17 with lung cancer, 8 with brain tumours, 13 with head and neck, 74 with gastrointestinal tumours (PDD and PDT), and 499 with pre or malignant skin cancers). All have received treatment in the Centre with patients attending from throughout Scotland. It is the intention of the Centre to help make PDT available in all major cities of Scotland.

If you would like further information about the Centre, please contact:

Ms Carol Goodman (PDT Centre Co-ordinator),
Professor James Ferguson, or
Dr Harry Moseley
Photobiology Unit
Ninewells Hospital and Medical School
Dundee DD1 9SY
Tel. 01382 496498

or about the Barbara Stewart Cancer Trust contact:

Barbara Stewart Scottish Laser Centre Trust for Cancer
Pitconochie House
Dunfermline KY12 8RH
Tel. 01383 626856