Does efudex (fluorouracil) cause cancer?

Not likely. Efudex (fluorouracil) 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 (fluorouracil) causes cancer.

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Can efudex (fluorouracil) 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...

How can you tell if efudex (fluorouracil) has cured your skin cancer?

Biopsy. Efudex (fluorouracil) is a topical chemotherapy (5-fu). The only way to ascertain that Efudex (fluorouracil) (or any other treatment) has cured your skin cancer is by biopsy of the area to see if there is viable cancer cells remained. Read more...

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...

Just diagnosed with precancerous squamish cell cancer. On efudex (fluorouracil). What else should I do? I am male, balding, 64, live in ottawa, canada.

Easy to handle. Squamous precancers are called actinic keratoses and often (but not always) result from sun exposure. Efudex (fluorouracil) is hugely effective in changing their environment so they usually just go away without danger to you. They'll kill only if badly neglected. Here in the states, balding guys like to wear ball caps. Have somebody keep an eye on your head and other sun-exposed places as you'll likely get more. Read more...

Anyone here been given 5-fluorouracil (5-fu) for cancer?

5 fluorouracil. 5fu (fluorouracil) is part of many regimens for many type of cancers- like- GI cancer ( esophagus, stomach, colon, rectal, anal etc), head and neck, breast, etc. 5-FU is one of the oldest chemotherapy- has been used for more than 50 years to treat cancer. Read more...

Is it possible to get cancer from using fluorouracil cream?

Very very unlikely. Fluorouracil is a type of chemotherapy, and it works by interfering with dna reproduction. So yes, there is a very tiny chance that it could cause a mutation that would lead to cancer. However, the cream is used on the skin, and very little should be absorbed. The chance that you would get a cancer from it is miniscule. We give the same drug intravenously and by mouth at much higher doses! Read more...

I accidentally use fluorouracil on a rash. Will I get cancer?

I dont think so. You should be fine. I dont think you will get a cancer because of accidentally using topical 5fu on a rash. Read more...
No. No, by one time use , don't worry, always read the label before using any medication. Read more...

How effective is fluorouracil (Adrucil) for treating colon cancer?

In combination. Chemotherapy has some benefit in colon cancer when used in combination with other drugs. FOLFOX is an example that when given in the adjuvant setting can be helpful in minimizing local recurrence. In the therapeutic setting immunotherapy is needed possibly in combination with chemo to prolong survival. Read more...