Photodynamic therapy (PDT) uses light and a light-sensitive dye to treat cancer and other diseases. During the procedure, a photosensitized dye or drug is injected into the problem area, which is then exposed to pulses of a narrow-wavelength beam of light. The dye absorbs this light and produces an active form of oxygen that aids in the destruction of the tumor. PDT ensures high precision by targeting only the tissue in and near the treatment area.
HELPFUL TIPS FOR YOUR COMPLETE SKIN EXAM
To help you make the most of your dermatology appointment, here are a few tips on how to prepare for and what to expect during a routine full-body skin examination.
BEFORE THE EXAM
Take a look at your skin. Make note of any new, changing, itching or bleeding moles, growths or other lesions. Remove all nail polish from fingernails and toenails. We need to look at your nails and nail beds, since skin cancers can form there. Also, it is important to remove all makeup. Makeup can hide small skin cancers and prevent early detection. Since we closely examine the scalp, please remove any wigs or hairpieces.
AT THE EXAM
You will be asked to disrobe for the examination. The exam itself will likely be brief, but the more moles you have, the longer the exam. We will closely examine any moles or growths you noted during your skin exam. We may biopsy any suspicious-looking growths. If you have never evaluated your skin, we will explain how to do so and what to look for. It is important not to overlook certain areas like the scalp, between the toes, and the soles of the feet.
FORM FOR NEW PATIENTS
Please download and complete the following 3 forms prior to your appointment, Patient Demographic Sheet, Medical History and New Patient Consent Form. These forms are necessary for clinic registration (Medical Records Release is not necessary for New Patient Registration). To view, download, and print the form you need, please click where prompted.
MEDICAL RELEASE REQUEST FORM
A request of medical records must be in writing, dated and signed by the person making the request, and include a reasonable description of the records sought. If someone is making a request on your behalf, he or she must provide evidence of the authority to receive the records (such as power of attorney).
Upon receipt of the request, the provider has 15 days to do one of the following:
- Provide copies of the records;
- Inform the requester if the information does not exist or cannot be found; or
- Inform the requester of the provider who now maintains the records;
ADOV will maintain patient records for a minimum of six years following the last patient encounter barring any other exceptions where ADOV is required to maintain them for longer.
MEDICAL RECORD RELEASE FORM
Office visits are by appointment. Due to a full schedule, it is not possible to see drop-in patients. Return appointments normally will be made as you are leaving the office.
If you have any questions regarding scheduling, do not hesitate to ask the receptionist at 804-264-4545.
Please inform us 24 hours in advance if you cannot keep your appointment, so that time can be given to another patient. Occasionally, it may be necessary to reschedule a visit, and every attempt will be made to do so at your convenience. There will be a $50.00 fee for missed appointments unless canceled 24 hours in advance.
Charges are payable at the time of service, including all co-payments and amounts not covered by private insurance. If a lesion is removed, a specimen will be sent to a pathologist; in that case, the pathology laboratory will bill additional charges. If there are questions regarding financial policies or a particular amount, please address them to the Business Office at 804-264-4263.