U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
CA
A 24-year-old member asked:

how can i treat basal cell carcinoma?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
Varies: Most basal cell are treated surgically by curettage, excision or mohs surgery. For superficial basal cells in very sick elderly topical medications can be used. In very difficult location radiation is use on occasion. For people with multiple basal cells or who can tolerate surgery there is a new fda approved medication which is very expensive.
Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Surgical removal: Basal cells are generally removed by surgical excision. This usually can be accomplished in the office or outpatient surgery setting.
Dr. Todd Sisto
Breast Surgery 37 years experience
Sev ways: Best choice is surgery. If on the face ears or hands, should be reconstructed by an asps plastic surgeon. A flap or graft may be needed to reconstruct. Radiation is also possible. There's a new chemotherapy in a pill for basal cell. In some cases, palliative electrodessication is used.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
$30 per visit with
membership

Similar questions

A 38-year-old member asked:

How can I tell if a rash with target-like spots is cancerous?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
A Verified Doctoranswered
A US doctor answeredLearn more
See doctor: Target lesions usually mean erythema multiforme which can be due to allergic type reactions or infections.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Besides cell phones, what are other sources of rf energy that cause cancer?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
Proof of cell: Phone link not yet in, microwaves are relatively safe, but radiation is in the electromagnetic spectrum and is a clear cause, and u-v light is part of the spectrum causing skin cancers. All seem to demonstrate direct links to dose and time of exposure. X-rays seem to have no threshold, but very low doses are very unliklely to lead to individual harm, but to a population, a small number will.
A 40-year-old member asked:

How come there are so many new drugs but we cannot find the cure for cancer?

1 doctor answer5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
Cancer is not: One disease, or one genetic chnge, but many. Drugs are poisons with side effects, and tumors are smart enought to learn to resist. Single genetic mutations are cured with miracle drugs. Many drugs now hope to keep cancers at bay and allow you to live with the cancer rather than obliterating it. The most fearsome of cancers is glioblastoma (brain tumors) and pancreas cancer. Few baby steps only.
A 45-year-old member asked:

How do people treat basal cell carcinoma?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Archibald Miller
Plastic Surgery 41 years experience
5 FU, surgery: Many suspicious lesions can be treated by application of this chemical therapeutic agent, os surgical excision, or even radiation therapy. Each treatment has certain protocols to be followed.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Which type of doctor should I see to diagnose and treat my basal cell carcinoma?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Your choice: A surgeon interested in this type of surgery, or a dermatologist who does this kind of thing, will be able to help you. Ask about your options. If it's someplace where you care about the cosmetic results, you can have special microsurgery.

Related questions

A 45-year-old female asked:
3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
A 52-year-old female asked:
2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
A 42-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
A 66-year-old male asked about a 94-year-old female:
3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
$30 per visit with
membership
Last updated Feb 21, 2020

People also asked

Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
$30 per visit with
membership

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.