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Can Photodynamic Therapy Treat Basal Cell Cancer
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
Yes, but: It could be used, but not with high expectation of cure. These tumors are reliably cured with surgery. For certain basal cell cancers, topical treatments can be highly effective, but you need to consult with a dermatologist to determine if this is appropriate. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not proven: It has been used and studied but it is not fda approved for that indication nor is it considered first-line therapy. It can be considered in patients who cannot have surgery or radiation. Mohs surgery is the gold standard for treatment of skin cancer and has the highest cure rate (99%). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Rarely used: Since most basal cell tumors grow locally and rarely if ever metastasize the best approach is to remove locally by resection. If lesion small and superficial EFUDEX (fluorouracil) cream applied locally will remove lesion. If more advanced, MOHs paste used. Photodynamic therapy best used in area where local treatment cant be applied. ...Read more
Cyberknife is: Not surgery, not a knife..It is a linear accelerator placed on a robotic arm to deliver stereotactic radiotherapy in high but very accurate arcs or beams to ablate anatomic abnormalities. It does not care about cell type. You need to discuss if it is appropriate for your sq ca; what the alternatives are; adverse effects; cost; who pays. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Very: The majority of small and even intermediate basal cell cancers can be cured by applying EFUDEX (fluorouracil). The resulting erythema is secondary to destruction of local suppressor cells in the tumor field and influx of effector cells to destroy the tumor. The EFUDEX (fluorouracil) is applied locally for 10 days followed by 10 days of A&D ointment May repeat if needed. ...Read more
Partially: There are several ways of treating scc of the lung. Specifically, there are molecular markers, such as egfr or alk-1 that can be tested to see if you are able to be managed with targeted drug therapy. Radiation is employed more frequently for scc than chemotherapy. All non-small cell cancers of the lung are treated differently than small cell carcinoma, which is much more chemo-sensitive. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Some people confuse bone cancer with when another type of cancer spreads to the bone (metastasis). Radiation can help the bone or the pain. As dr. Noga stated true bone cancer such as myeloma or plasmacytoma can also be treated with radiation. Other bone cancers, osteosarcoma or bone tumors may also have a role from radiation but surgery is usually the best for that type of bone cancers. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
A lot: The FDA has approved a large number of targeted therapies. These therapies target specific proteins on the surface of cancer so each therapy can be applicable to multiple types of cancers. So far, cancer amenable to targeted therapy include: adenocarcinoma, basal cell, brain tumors, cervical, colorectal, head/neck, gastrostromal, kidney, leukemia/lymphoma, lung .... The list goes on. ...Read more
Will i need chemotherapy for basal cell carcinoma? Is basal cell carcinoma a condition that usually needs further treatment such as chemotherapy?
Yes but questionable: While the answer to your question is technically "yes" the real question is is it the best modality to be used? For a variety of reasons, other surgical approaches may be more effective at treating this cancer and the choice is best made after extensive discussions with oncologists surgeons and radiologists familiar with the patient's specific illness as well as numerous treatment alternatives. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No and Yes: Radiation therapy slows or stops cell growth. The goal is of course to kill cancer cells and they don't grow and die. However if you look up the four r's of radiation biology. The last one is repoplulation in which during fractionated radiation cells increase growth to repopulate. Luckily we see this more often in the good cells but unfortunately in some cases resistant cancer cells. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sometimes: The two main types of esophageal cancer are adenocarcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Cure with chemotherapy and radiation alone is much more likely with squamous cell carcinoma. The exact cure rate is dependent on the stage of the cancer, but cure with just chemotherapy and radiation is rare. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Photodynamic therapy (pdt) uses a drug, called a photosensitizer, and a light to kill cancer cells. Depending on the type of cancer, the drug is applied to the surface of the skin or injected. It can be used for certain cancers of the skin, esophagus, and lung. Studies are being done looking at the use of pdt for cancers of the head and neck, ...Read more
Basal cell carcinoma or bcc is the most common type of skin cancer. There are millions of them each year in the us. They are caused by sun exposure and ultraviolet light (tanning beds) and are very common on the face. It is very rare for them to metastasize or spread to other parts of the body. They can be easily cured with ...Read more
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