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Can Photodynamic Therapy Treat Basal Cell Cancer
Basal cell is also known as Basal cell carcinoma. 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
PDT uses: A porphyrrin systemically, and there is light sensitivity for days to weeks, and then light. To my knowledge, not approved, but it could work at higher cost and toxicity than dermatolgic surgery or radiotherapy. I'd have XRT if i had one, many get moh's, others go to plastic surgeons. Do we need a new high cost way to do this? I don't think so. ...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 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
I had a basal cell cancer removed at side of my nose. Have to have mohs surgery. Will i b disgured?
Hopefully Not: Mohs surgeons can do an amazing job but sometimes complex reconstructive surgery is needed. It is important to discuss the cosmetic outcome with your surgeon before the operation and to talk to a plastic surgeon if necessary. Also ask if radiation therapy is an alternative option. It is usually equally effective as surgery, requires no cutting and can leave an excellent cosmetic result. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes, but unlikely: Basal cell cancers (bcc) are the most common type of cancer on the skin. While they can grow aggressively locally if neglected, they are very unlikely to spread elsewhere in the body. Most bccs can be treated with surgery, curretting, and certain ones can even be treated with a cream. Larger bccs and those in sensitive areas should be treatd by a fellowship trained mohs surgeon. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends...: In contrast, melanomas are typically pigmented like a freckle or mole. Basal cells are usually not pigmented (but they can be). They do have a distinct apperance: typically pearly in appearance with prominent blood vessels and sometimes ulceration. If you notice any such lesions, have them checked out. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Fairly tame but...: It's a skin cancer usually from sun exposure. Surgical excision almost always results in a cure, and moh's microsurgery can leave almost no scar if that matters. It rarely spreads to remote sites, but it is quite capable of eating through your skull and into your brain if you choose to ignore it. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No transmission: Basal cells (and other cancers) are never infectious in terms of being spread from person to person. There is no risk of transmitting the cancer from one person to another. However, if you are around a weeping or bloody wound of any kind you should always wear gloves. The cancer may not be infectious, but other viruses and diseases can be spread. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
A little bit: Yes, but not a great deal. The good news is that surveillance for any skin cancer is the same. Examine your own skin regularly, and keep your scheduled appointments with your doctor or dermatologist. Notify them if you see any lesions which are concerning for skin cancer. Best wishes! ...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
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