What is Topical chemotherapy?
Topical chemotherapy is a nonsurgical treatment that effectively destroys precancerous and cancerous cells in the top layer of the skin. You may be a candidate for topical chemotherapy if you are diagnosed with precancerous actinic keratosis (AK), basal cell carcinoma (BCC), or squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). Topical chemotherapy avoids scars from surgery and limits the exposure of traditional chemotherapy so the treatment does not cause side effects in your whole body. It is not a recommended treatment for the more aggressive forms of skin cancer or if your cancer has spread beyond the upper skin layers.
In general, topical treatments, such as electrodesiccation with curettage and chemotherapy creams are less useful for SCC, and standard excision or Mohs micrographic surgery are better options in order to ensure complete removal and reduce the risk of complications. Learn more about topical cancer treatments at a skin analysis or skin cancer screening at any of our Advanced Dermatology locations in Katy, League City, Pearland, or Sugar Land, TX.
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Topical Chemotherapy Treatment Technique
You will be able to apply your topical chemotherapy treatment on your own in the privacy of your home. The cream is typically applied once or twice a day for several weeks. You should expect the treatment area to appear raw, and you may feel some discomfort as the medicine destroys cancerous and precancerous cells on the skin. You will have to return periodically to our office for follow-up appointments. We will assess the progress of your treatment, look for any signs of concern or reactions, and adjust your treatment as needed. During these follow-up visits, we will also be better able to estimate the remaining length of your treatment.
What Can I Expect After Topical ChemoTherapy?
You will need to be certain you are caring for your skin both during and after your topical chemotherapy treatment. Certain moisturizers, such as those made with petroleum jelly, may be helpful to soothe your skin. Once your treatment is finished, we will give you suggestions on how to help your skin recover. You should be vigilant about using sun protection after your treatment to avoid a recurrence of skin cancer.
Recover with a Topical Remedy
If you have been diagnosed with having precancerous cells or skin cancer in the top layers of your skin, learn more about topical chemotherapy treatments at Advanced Dermatology. You may be able to treat your skin cancer with medicated creams that you'll use in the privacy of your home. Schedule a consultation with Advanced Dermatology in Katy, League City, Pearland, or Sugar Land, TX to see if topical chemotherapy is a good fit for you.