psoralen and ultraviolet A therapy

Pronunciation: (SOR-uh-len…UL-truh-VY-oh-let A THAYR-uh-pee)

A type of photodynamic therapy used to treat skin conditions such as psoriasis, vitiligo, and skin nodules of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. The patient receives psoralen (a drug that becomes active when it is exposed to light) by mouth or applied to the skin, followed by ultraviolet A radiation. Psoralen and ultraviolet A therapy may increase the risk of getting skin cancer. Also called PUVA therapy.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

2005-07-08 Date last modified: 2008-02-19