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Can photodynamic therapy treat basal cell cancer?

Can photodynamic therapy treat basal cell cancer?

No: Yes pdt could treat superficial basal cell carcinoma but it is not adequate for a deeper or most basal cell carcinomas. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

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


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Can photodynamic therapy be used on basal cell cancer?

Can photodynamic therapy be used on basal cell cancer?

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 more

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Is photodynamic therapy effective in treating basal cell cancer?

Is photodynamic therapy effective in treating basal cell cancer?

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 more

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How effective is photodynamic therapy for treating basal cell cancer?

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

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Can infrared light therapy help prevent basal cell carcinoma?

Light for skin cance: Infrared light is not a treatment for skin cancer. Uv light is the moan risk factor for skin cancer. ...Read more

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Can stem cell therapy be used to cure cancer?

Can stem cell therapy be used to cure cancer?

Stemm cells: That is the newest thing that in the literature. Hope it will be very useful. ...Read more

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Can cyberknife surgery be used for squamous cell carcinoma?

Can cyberknife surgery be used for squamous cell carcinoma?

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 more

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How effective is fluorouracil (Efudex) for treating basal cell cancer?

How effective is fluorouracil (Efudex) for treating basal cell cancer?

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

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How responsive is squamous cell carcinoma of the lung to standard chemotherapy regimens?

How responsive is squamous cell carcinoma of the lung to standard chemotherapy regimens?

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 more

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Can radiation therapy treat bone cancer?

Can radiation therapy treat bone cancer?

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 more

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Which forms of cancer can targeted cancer therapies treat?

Which forms of cancer can targeted cancer therapies treat?

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

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Is radiation therapy used to cure liver cancer?

Is radiation therapy used to cure liver cancer?

Yes: High dose targeted radiation known as stereotactic body radiotherapy (sbrt) has shown to be successful in treating liver cancer. ...Read more

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Will i need chemotherapy for basal cell carcinoma? Is basal cell carcinoma a condition that usually needs further treatment such as chemotherapy? .

Basal cell ca: This is a well differentiate epithelial cancer that is locally invasive but not metastatic. Treatment is surgical. If there are multiple lesions may be part is a syndrome with systemic consequences . ...Read more

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What diseases can stem cell therapy cure?

What diseases can stem cell therapy cure?

Stem cell therapy: To learn about stem cells see this comprehensive article: http://stemcells.nih.gov/info/basics/Pages/Default.aspx ...Read more

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Can cyberknife surgery be used for a mouth cancer (squamous cell carcinoma)?

Can cyberknife surgery be used for a mouth cancer (squamous cell carcinoma)?

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 more

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Can radiation therapy increase cell growth?

Can radiation therapy increase cell growth?

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 more

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Can radiation treatment and chemotherapy cure esophageal cancer?

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 more

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Can basal cell carcinoma be cured?

Can basal cell carcinoma be cured?

Vast Majority: Basal cell carcinoma is the most common skin cancer, but it accounts for less than 0.1% of patient deaths due to cancer. However, you want to treat it early to prevent significant cosmetic deformities. ...Read more

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How responsive to?Chemotherapy? Is small cell lung cancer?

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How responsive to?Chemotherapy? Is small cell lung cancer?

Very responsive: Small cell lung cancer in general is very responsive to chemotherapy as well as to radiation therapy. However, the problem is that the risk for recurrence is very high. ...Read more

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How can I treat basal cell carcinoma?

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 more

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Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Photodynamic Therapy (Definition)

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


Dr. Gregory Surfield
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Basal Cell (Definition)

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