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My dad has a basel cell carcinoma on his ear and they were going operate to remove this. I heard there is a new pill to treat this. Does it work?
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David Miller
Family Medicine
6 doctors agree
In brief: Cut it out!
Basal cell carcinoma presents as a small, raised lesion that ulcerates in the center ("rodent-bite") and a rolled border. Total removal of the lesion has a cure rate of over 95%.
Creams can also help but with lower cure rates. The safe bet is to cut it out and be done with it.

In brief: Cut it out!
Basal cell carcinoma presents as a small, raised lesion that ulcerates in the center ("rodent-bite") and a rolled border. Total removal of the lesion has a cure rate of over 95%.
Creams can also help but with lower cure rates. The safe bet is to cut it out and be done with it.
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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
5 doctors agree
In brief: No pills help
Not sure what you heard about.
Basal cell cancers are the most common skin cancer in the head and neck and are easily cured by surgical excision. Cure rates are generally well over 90% and these cancers are almost never life threatening if treated appropriately in a timely manner. See a facial plastic surgeon, ENT or dermatologist for treatment.

In brief: No pills help
Not sure what you heard about.
Basal cell cancers are the most common skin cancer in the head and neck and are easily cured by surgical excision. Cure rates are generally well over 90% and these cancers are almost never life threatening if treated appropriately in a timely manner. See a facial plastic surgeon, ENT or dermatologist for treatment.
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David Miller
From their website: "Erivedge™ (vismodegib) capsule is indicated for the treatment of adults with metastatic basal cell carcinoma, or with locally advanced basal cell carcinoma that has recurred following surgery or who are not candidates for surgery, and who are not candidates for radiation." Let's hope he doesn't ever need this treatment.
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Surgical resection
Basal cell carcinoma is locally aggresive cancer.
The best treatment would be surgically resect the cancer as much as possible. Yes, there is a new oral pill for basal cell carcinoma- which is named Erivedge (vismodegib) -however this is indicated only for metastatic basal cell cancer where surgery is no longer able to be done. So, if you are trying to cure it, surgery is the answer.

In brief: Surgical resection
Basal cell carcinoma is locally aggresive cancer.
The best treatment would be surgically resect the cancer as much as possible. Yes, there is a new oral pill for basal cell carcinoma- which is named Erivedge (vismodegib) -however this is indicated only for metastatic basal cell cancer where surgery is no longer able to be done. So, if you are trying to cure it, surgery is the answer.
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Dr. John Hoffmann
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Limited experience
There is a promising new oral treatment for basal cell carcinoma but it is very new and expensive and there is limited experience with it so far. It has mostly been used with very advanced cancers.
Most basal cell cancers should still be treated with simple surgical excision or mohs surgery which offers very effective treatment and high cure rates.

In brief: Limited experience
There is a promising new oral treatment for basal cell carcinoma but it is very new and expensive and there is limited experience with it so far. It has mostly been used with very advanced cancers.
Most basal cell cancers should still be treated with simple surgical excision or mohs surgery which offers very effective treatment and high cure rates.
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