About Topical Chemotherapy
If skin cancer is diagnosed early, you'll generally have more treatment choices. One option for non-melanoma cancer in the top layers of skin is topical chemotherapy. This is a cream that is used in your home and may be suggested as a part of your treatment plan. Board-certified dermatologist Rachel Day, M.D. may recommend this treatment if you have precancerous skin lesions (actinic keratosis), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), or basal cell carcinoma (BCC). To find out more about topical chemotherapy and other skin cancer treatment options at OneSkin Dermatology, get in touch with our office in Chambersburg, PA.
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An effective nonsurgical therapy, topical chemotherapy destroys cancerous and precancerous cells in the upper layer of your epidermis. You might be a good candidate for topical chemotherapy if you have been diagnosed with actinic keratosis, squamous cell carcinoma, or basal cell carcinoma. Topical chemotherapy eliminates the possibility of scars from operations and limits the exposure of the treatment, thereby minimizing side effects in the rest of your body. Topical chemotherapy isn't suggested for more aggressive types of skin cancer or when the cancer has spread deeper than the top skin layers.
You'll use your topical chemotherapy by yourself in the comfort of your home. The treatment is normally applied a couple of times every day and may be needed for many weeks. You can expect the treated skin to be red, and you might experience some discomfort while the medication destroys precancerous and cancerous cells in the epidermis. You'll need to return occasionally to our office for follow-up appointments with Dr. Day. She will evaluate your therapy, check for any indications of reactions or other concerns, and modify your treatment if necessary. In your follow-up visits, Dr. Day will also be able to gauge the remaining duration of your therapy.
What to Expect
You'll have to make sure you're caring for your skin during and after your topical chemotherapy. Some moisturizers, like petroleum jelly, might be applied to calm your skin. As soon as your treatment is done, Dr. Day will offer tips on the best way to help your skin heal. It's important to be vigilant about applying sun protection following your therapy to prevent a recurrence of cancer.
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A New Way to Treat Cancer
If you've been diagnosed with precancerous or cancerous cells in the upper layers of your skin, find out more about topical chemotherapy at OneSkin Dermatology. Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Day can treat your skin using medicated cream, which you'll use in your home. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Day at her practice in Chambersburg, PA to determine whether topical chemotherapy is a good choice for you.