The mobile unit has been successfully used for treatment and training at:

  •  Leeds General Infirmary
  • Scunthorpe General Hospital
  • Castle Hill Hospital
  • Hull Royal Infirmary
  • Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee
  • Cardiff NHS Hospitals Trust
  • Heartlands Hospital, Birmingham
  • Wythenshaw Hospital, Manchester

   We are investigating the use of our newest treatment, Daylight Photo Dynamic Therapy, within Health Centres in and around the region.                             


Treatments Available via our mobile service

 PhotoDynamic Therapy


Also known as PDT, this treatment has many modalities. The principle of PDT is that malignant tissue is photosensitised either systemically (via an injection), or topically (using a cream). After a preset amount of time has elapsed, which is dependent on the photosensitiser that has been used; the treatment area is then exposed to a specific wavelength of light (632nm). The interaction between the light (which on its’ own has no effect) and the photosensitiser causes a chemical reaction in the cancerous cells causing them to break down. Healthy tissues remain unaffected as they are able to excrete the photosensitiser prior to treatment commencing.


The mobile unit currently offers PDT as a treatment option in;

  •         Bronchus 
  •        Oesophagus 
  •        Gynaecology (VIN & VAIN) 
  •        Urinary Tract 
  •        Dermatology 
  •        Colo-rectal / General surgery 


 This is the treatment of a condition where the ureter (the pathway between the Kidneys & Bladder becomes restricted making the passing of Urine difficult or impossible.

 An adjustable power, Thermal Diode laser – the D60 - is used to delicately burn away the blocking tissue and free the Ureter.


  •  Bowen’s Disease and Padgett’s Disease
  •  VIN III / VaIN
  •  Vulval / Vaginal intra-epithelial neoplasia is a pre-cancerous condition which responds well to PDT. Depending on the affected area patients are photosensitised with either a topical cream (more common) or systemically.


 The YLC has been able to use a D60 Thermal laser for ablation in some Gynaecological applications. The adjustable power and shallow penetration of this laser makes it ideal for such procedures.

 Tumour Ablation

This has applications on a wide range of tumours ranging from Gastric, topical skin tumours, Thoracic et cetera. 


The Yorkshire Laser Centre Mobile Treatment & Training Unit [YLC-MTT]


Our mobile service has been in use for over 15 years. We can offer a variety of laser equipment for use in a number of treatment specialities. Our biggest use is in the area of Photodynamic Therapy, both with the use of Photofrin and also topical photosensitisers.

  • Our staff are fully trained and well experienced in both clinical work and research
  • We are fully insured for our staff and equipment 
  • We offer training and treatment support 
  • We hold a Master Indemnity Agreement (MIA) for simplicity of use of our equipment


What we offer

  • Up to 2 lasers brought to your hospital 
  • Support of Technician / Nurse Specialist 
  • Verification with your Medical Physics department

 Advice regarding:

  •  Drug dosimetry
  •  Choice of treatment fibres
  •  Treatment dosimetry
  •  Ordering


Specialist training and advice for those new to PDT on a one-to-one basis from Professor Moghissi, Clinical Director of The Yorkshire Laser Centre

  For further information please contact Mrs Kate Dixon on the 'contact us' link

 YLC-MTT is a project of The Moghissi Laser Trust (Reg. charity number326689)

 As we are a not for profit organisation we do need to recover expenditure.

Codes for Procedures

General Surgery:

  •  Haemorrhoidectomy 7734
  •  Gastric XaLdS


  •   Freddy Ureter 7B190
  •  Freddy Bladder 7B290
  •  Endopyelotomy 7M05
  •  PDT to Ureter 7B1A0
  •  PDT to Renal Tumour 7B08y7M0By


  •  Excision of lesion Vulva X4025
  •  PDT X79WD
  •  PDT Lesion of organ XaLyN

Endoscopic respiratory:

  •  Bronchoscopic PDT of lesion / laser therapy of lesion XaMv6




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The Yorkshire Laser Centre is an independent company Limited by Guarantee (reg no:3547276). Its pioneering work and leadership within the British Medical Laser Association (BMLA) and the European Platform for Photodynamic Medicine (EPPM) has earned it a significant international reputation.

A growing number of associate Honorary Consultants work with the Centre to develop research and treatment within a wide range of medical disciplines such as dermatology, gynaecology, urology, orthopaedics, colo-rectal, oral, maxillo-facial and general surgery.

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We keep this Policy under regular review. This Policy was last updated in March 2018.

Our work at the Yorkshire Laser Centre includes clinical trials of the effects of Photodynamic Therapy on different types of cancer. Some of the trials we have recently conducted include;


PDT Clinical studies


Title of study


No’s of patients recruited.


Lung Cancer


Study of the role of PDT in early central lung cancer: pilot study (K Moghissi YLC)





(for early lung cancer)


A pilot study of the accuracy of fluorescence bronchoscopy versus white light bronchoscopy in the detection of early bronchogenic cancer in high-risk individuals (K Moghissi YLC)




Oesophageal Cancer


Non-randomised comparison between endoscopic PDT and surgical resection in patients with early (stage I) oesophageal cancer (K Moghissi YLC)


80 (40 for each arm)


Oesophageal Cancer


Study to determine the place of endoscopic PDT within the range of treatment for oesophageal cancer. Matched pair subjects (K Moghissi YLC)


280 out of 1343 patients





Study of the role of PDT in VIN: single or multiple PDT cycle (non-randomised prospective) – (C Gan Consultant Gynaecologist NLAG NHS Trust/YLC)


30 patients to date




Pilot study of the role of PDT in AIN in patients with or without HIV (G Duthie Dept of Academic Surgery/YLC)






Pilot study of the role of PDT in urothelial cancer ( L Coombs Consultant Urological Surgeon NLAG NHS Trust/YLC)


6 patients to date

The Photodynamic Symposium at the Royal Society of Medicine, London, UK, organised by the RSM Professionals and the UK PDT Charitable Trust, has become an important fixture in the calendar of events at the RSM.

PDT is neither part of any of the Section of that illustrious establishment nor structurally is affiliated to one. However the symposium has been filling a gap within the education programme of the RSM.

Enormous thanks must go to all who presented at this year’s PDT symposium, helping to make it even more of a success than in previous years.

The programme served to demonstrate how the interaction between lab and clinical work can offer patients the newest, and ever improving, technologies and treatments. It truly underlined how inter-departmental co-operation works for the benefit of the patient.

Beginning with some ‘basics of PDT’, presenters from the UK and Switzerland demonstrated innovative aspects of mechanisms, dosimetry and enhancers. Following this were some exciting and thought provoking ideas about the use of PDT in micro-biology and the morning closed with work on the newest and the most unusual applications of PDT in Dermatology.

The afternoon brought us Imaging and Image Guided Surgery in oncology, followed by PDT in Lung Cancer and in Head and Neck.

The day rounded off with the Research in Progress; the PEARL trial and work on ABCG2 as a mechanism of resistance to PDT in 3D models of colo-rectal cancer.

The in-programme discussions were animated and far-reaching; the interest that had been aroused was palpable & All told, an educational and inspiring programme.

Sincere thanks to all concerned, not least our sponsors, but not forgetting the delegates who took the time to attend in the cause of furthering their continuing education.

 For those that weren't able to make the symposium, below are links to the videos taken on the day. 

Photodynamic Therapy Symposium | 27 November 2017 #1

Photodynamic Therapy Symposium | 27 November 2017 #2

Photodynamic Therapy Symposium | 27 November 2017 #3

Photodynamic Therapy Symposium | 27 November 2017 #4

Photodynamic Therapy Symposium | 27 November 2017 #5

Photodynamic Therapy Symposium | 27 November 2017 #6

Photodynamic Therapy Symposium | 27 November 2017 #7

Photodynamic Therapy Symposium | 27 November 2017 #8

Photodynamic Therapy Symposium | 27 November 2017 #9

Photodynamic Therapy Symposium | 27 November 2017 #10

Photodynamic Therapy Symposium | 27 November 2017 #11


Here at the Yorkshire Laser Centre we care about our patients and are aware that the knowledge of which options will help with your condition is key to decision making process and allowing you moving on with your life.

To help those that have been diagnosed with cancer we are happy to complete a thorough electronic review of your case notes to confirm if Photodynamic Therapy would help with your condition. As this is a premium service we do need to charge for the time this takes and the charge for this is £120.

If this is of interest to you please contact us and we can arrange for you to email your notes to us and supply the details for you to pay via Paypal.