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Chemo Cream For Skin Cancer
Mother diagnosed squamous skin cancer. Spot 6 inches up from her inner elbow. Best treatment? Have chemo creams ever caused this type to spread and or become resistant? Surgery best option?
Surgery is best: Your mom should have surgical excision.. 6 inches up from the inner elbow is a good site for closure as the skin is usually loose there. Topical 5 FU and imiquimod can be unpredictable and are reserved for actinic keratosis and superficial basal cell carcinoma. Topical 5 FU and Imiquimod are not approved by the FDA for use on squamous cell carcinoma yet. Don't take unnecessary chances. ...Read more
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
Florida has a high amount of people with skin cancer. Does this mean some of these cancer patients will need chemotherapy?
Metastatic melanoma: Squamous and basal cell skin cancers are almost always cured by excision. These make up the large majority of Florida skin cancers. There are malignant melanomas that went unnoticed for too long and have spread / metastasized often benefit from chemotherapy, especially a remarkable new agent. ...Read more
Why would melanoma require chemo? I thought you just cut it out? How much do tanning beds increase skin cancer possibilities?
Melanoma: If melanoma is found early, while it is still small and thin, and if it is completely removed by surgery, then the chance of cure is high. The likelihood that the melanoma will come back or spread depends on how deeply it has gone into the layers of the skin. For melanomas that come back or spread, treatments include chemo- and immunotherapy, or radiation. Tanning beds increase risk by an est 75% ...Read more
Apart from suncreams and shade. Any alternative creams, herbs etc that have benefits regarding skin cancer?
Cure skin cancer: This cream (also called Efudex) acts as a chemotherapy agent for helping eradicate some categories of superficial skin cancer e.g. superficial basal cell carcinoma, and also pre-cancerous lesions such as actinic keratosis. Causing cancer is not a documented side effect. See this link for more detail : http://www. Rxlist. Com/efudex-drug/patient-images-side-effects. Htm ...Read more
Going to hot country. Should I use less than factor 30 sun cream to get benefit of sun for osteoporosis or would this risk skin cancer. Please advise.
SPF: Look for spf 30 to provide adequate sun protection. Even with the sunscreen, some uvr (ultraviolet radiation) will still penetrate the skin. Only minutes without sunscreen are needed to generate vitamin d ...Read more
Are mole removing creams harmful? I wanna remove a natural mole. But can I be at higher risk of getting skin cancer for doing this? I'm 16.
Creams not effective: If you have a dark mole you can not remove it with creams nor should you try. The only way to remove a true mole is to excise it completely. If your mole has irregular features it should be evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more
What is better for pre skin cancer's/AK's...Nicotinamide or Niacinamide cream/gel? Does it matter, or are they the same?
I have been using (hydroquinone+tretinoin+mometasone furoate) cream for 4 months now for PIH at my back, twice a day. Am I at risk of skin cancer?
Any irritant is bad: Any time you do something there is always a risk and a benefit which have to be weighed. Discuss things with your doc. ...Read more
Needs evaluation: Do you sores that will not heal? Pale skin or red hair? Have you had common exposure to bright sunlight with frequent sunburns? Are there nodules on your skin that are growing irregularly. Check with your dermatologist if any of these are present. ...Read more
Can be: There can be a family component to many cancers including skin cancers. This should not be taken lightly. Sun exposure is another large risk factor for skin cancer. The two together can be very dangerous. If you have a strong family history, lots of sun exposure, or any enlarging skin lesions, be evaluated by your local doctor and/or dermatologist. ...Read more
See a doc.: Most skin cancers are diagnosed by biopsy of the skin. If you are concerned that you have a skin malignancy, see a physician or other provider or go to a clinic. Treatment may include excision of the lesion and/or in some instances treatment with a topical solution / ointment. Do not neglect or ignore a skin cancer, as some can have serious health impacts. ...Read more
It depends: There are different types of skin cancers. For melanoma, it can present as mole or pigmented lesions that changes color, grows, ulcerates and bleeds. For squamous cell ca, early stage starts like tiny skin plaques with thick flicky skin that can grow ulcerate with heaved up margins. Basal cell ca may have different forms but check with you physcian if not sure. ...Read more
Yes, but it varies: The most common factor causing skin cancers is sun exposure. There are some genetic disorders which make an individual more prone to developing a skin cancer. Different families and/or syndromes have different risks of cancer. If you have any skin lesions which are suspicious, be sure to have them checked out. If you have a strong family history, see your dermatologist early. Best wishes! ...Read more
TNM: Cancers are generally staged according to a t-n-m classification. A tumor is scored based on characteristics of the tumor, nodal spread, and metastasis. So, based on the size or depth of a skin cancer, it will receive a certain t score. The n score is based on whether it has spread to lymph nodes, and the m score tells you if it has spread to a distant site. The combination gives the staging. ...Read more
Majority are cured: Majority of skin cancer- like squamous cell, basal cell cancer- even melanoma- will be cured with surgical resection- if caught early. However if melanoma/cancerous mole is not caught early and already spreads to other distant organs then that would make it incurable. Other skin cancers such as skin lymphoma (cutaneous t cell lymphoma) - can be also difficult to cure- however it is treatable. ...Read more
Changing lesions: Lesions that are most concerning for cancer are non healing and frequently bleed or crust. Cancers such as basal cell cancers can have overlying vascularity called telangiectasias which are pathognomonic. Melanoma can be asymmetric, have irregular borders, pigment changes, be large in diameter and evolve or change over time. ...Read more
A condition in which some element of your skin--which is one of the most complex organs in the body--degenerates into cancer. The three most common types of skin cancer are: basal cell, squamous cell, and melanoma which occur in that order and degree of aggressiveness. Although heredity plays a major role, sun exposure and tobacco use and ...Read more