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Dr. Isaac Francis
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Fluorouracil (Definition)

Fluorouracil is a topical cancer agent which is a ...Read more


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What's the difference between efudex and carac creams?

What's the difference between efudex and carac creams?

Same: Both are commercial or trade names for the medication Fluorouracil it is also called adrucil, fluorplex. All are the same fomulation. ...Read more

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Does efudex cause cancer?

Does efudex cause cancer?

Not likely: Efudex is the brand name for topical (cream) 5-fu chemo. It is used to treat certain types of skin cancer. There is no evidence that topical 5-fu such as Efudex causes cancer. ...Read more

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Can efudex cause more cancer?

Can efudex cause more cancer?

Unlikely: It is a topical agent used to treat pre cancer and superficial cancers that are not melanoma. Risk of any other type of cancer is next to none. ...Read more

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I am starting to use efudex precancer cream. Is my whole face going to be a mess?

I am starting to use efudex precancer cream. Is my whole face going to be a mess?

Efudex: Skin irritation, burning, redness, dryness, pain, swelling, tenderness, or changes in skin color may occur at the site of application. Eye irritation (e.g., stinging, watering), trouble sleeping, irritability, temporary hair loss, or abnormal taste in the mouth may also occur. Consult your doctor with any of these side effects. ...Read more

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Will efudex have any affect at all on a melanoma or just basal?

Will efudex have any affect at all on a melanoma or just basal?

Minimal: You should not use effudex (5-fu chemo cream) on a melanoma lesion. The only curative treatment is surgical resection of skin melanoma in early stage. If you have advanced disease, you should talk wth your oncologist regarding treatment options such as interleukin-2, ipilimumab, vemurafenib or a clinical trial. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of efudex scars?

How can I get rid of efudex scars?

No one answer.: Scars of any kind need to be carefully evaluated by a board certified plastic surgeon skilled in multiple techniques and treatment options for scar revision. Regardless of the original cause of the scar, a scar may be visible due to one or more of the following reasons: color, texture, or shadows created by mismatched edges. Treatment recommendations will depend on the nature of your scars. ...Read more

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Efudex script for face and forehead, twice per day for two or three weeks. When do i know to stop applying ? Can i use aquafor during application?

Efudex script for face and forehead, twice per day for two or three weeks. When do i know to stop applying ? Can i use aquafor during application?

Try 3! Stop w/pain.: Efudex targets pre-cancerous skin lesions for destruction. It is common to experience redness, irritation and erosions with use, particularly at the pre-cancerous sites. Generally speaking, 3 weeks is the recommended course unless the pain from use is severe. Moisturizers are helpful but aquafor has lanolin which may cause an allergic reaction itself. Try vaseline if you experience this. ...Read more

Dr. James Dukelow
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Efudex (Definition)

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