Medications and Treatment

Successful skin cancer treatment often requires a combination of treatments. These are the most common procedures and drugs used for this condition:

  • Mohs surgery: The tumor is removed in layers which are then microscopically analyzed. This way normal skin is spared and it is ensured that all the affected areas are removed.
  • Excision: Removal of tumor and adjacent skin area
  • Cryotherapy: The lesion is frozen with liquid nitrogen; may be used with topical medications.
  • Curettage-electrodessication: The tumor is scraped off with cauterization of adjacent tissue to destroy remaining tumor cells and control bleeding.
  • Radiation and/or chemotherapy: When cancer has spread, chemotherapy or radiation can be used. They work by preventing the cancer cells from multiplying, which kills them.
  • 5-fluorouracil: Topical creams that keep skin cancer cells from multiplying.
  • Imiquimod: Cream that alters the immune response to help kill abnormal cells and control them after they have started to grow.
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