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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?

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 more

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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 basal cell cancer be the same color as skin?

Can basal cell cancer be the same color as skin?

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 more

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Can basal cell cancer increase my risk of melanoma?

Indirectly: Basal cell skin cancers are almost always due to sun exposure. Sun exposure (and bad sun burns) increase risk of melanoma. If you are 29 and have had a basal cell, you should make sure you are getting regular screening examinations with your dermatologist on whatever schedule he/she sees fit. Biopsy of any suspicious lesions is important. ...Read more

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Can you get basal cell cancer in lung?

Can you get basal cell cancer in lung?

Rare: Rare basal cell carcinomas can extend deep into the skin or can spread. This is extremely rare. ...Read more

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Dose basal cell cancer increase my risk for melanoma?

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 more

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Can basal cell cancer or carcinoma be mistaken for a pimple?

Yes: Basal cell cancer can look like a pimple but with two differences. Pimples are usually tender/painful and typical change over 1-2 weeks and often go away in 2-3 weeks. Basal cell cancer is slow growing and will get bigger in size over 6-12 months time. ...Read more

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I had a basal cell cancer removed at side of my nose. Have to have mohs surgery. Will i b disgured?

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 more

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Dr. William Singer
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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