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.

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What's the best method of getting rid of basal cell carcinoma? Freezing it off? Biopsy? Fluorouracil cream treatments?

Excision. I see moms surgery in your hx that is an excellent procedure, its important to clear the BC and have the tissue around the BC clear. the wide excision is best topical may not remove all the tissue. Read more...

I'm treating a basal cell carcinoma on the side of forehead w/Efudex cream& since then it's been bleeding. Normal? When can I expect bleeding to stop?

Tell your dermatolig. You need to see your dermatologist This needs evaluation . Read more...
Need more info. It is not unusual for bleeding to occur maybe from trauma e.g. rubbing to hard on the lesion but may also portent sometime more serious. You must return to the physician who prescribed the Efudex and have him/her re-evaluate the lesion. Read more...

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...
Depends. A lot will depend on the size of the tumor, the smaller the lesion the smaller the scar. Mohs is the gold standard for removing skin cancers such as basal cell and will result in the smallest scar and best cosmetic outcome. Read more...