Is there a cream for basal cell carcinoma?

Imiquimod (Zyclara) is a cream that can be applied to actinic keratoses and some very early basal cell cancers. It causes the immune system to react to the skin lesion and destroy it. It’s typically applied at least a few times a week for several weeks, although schedules can vary.

What is the best way to get rid of basal cell carcinoma?

Basal cell carcinoma is most often treated with surgery to remove all of the cancer and some of the healthy tissue around it. Options might include: Surgical excision. In this procedure, your doctor cuts out the cancerous lesion and a surrounding margin of healthy skin.

How do you get rid of basal cell carcinoma without surgery?

Cryotherapy is a nonsurgical treatment for basal cell carcinoma. Your doctor applies liquid nitrogen to the tumor, freezing the abnormal tissue. The frozen skin then sloughs off (falls away) as the skin underneath heals.

Is there a topical cream for skin cancer?

Fluorouracil cream and topical solution are also used to treat a type of skin cancer called superficial basal cell carcinoma if usual types of treatment cannot be used. Fluorouracil is in a class of medications called antimetabolites.

Can I buy fluorouracil cream over the counter?

Fluorouracil topical is used to treat actinic or solar keratoses and a type of skin cancer called superficial basal cell carcinoma. This medicine is available only with your doctor’s prescription.

Can basal cell carcinoma go away on its own?

In very rare cases, then, a basal cell carcinoma tumor can shrink and disappear on its own without treatment. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean the cancer has gone away. There is an increased risk the cancer will return or reactivate. Most tumors, however, will grow larger over time and can cause significant damage.

Can you pick off basal cell carcinoma?

Yes, you might be able to pick this crusty lesion off with your fingers. But it would grow back. The right thing to do is see a dermatologist and have it removed.

Does basal cell carcinoma grow deep?

Basal cell carcinoma spreads very slowly and very rarely will metastasize, Dr. Christensen says. But if it’s not treated, basal cell carcinoma can continue to grow deeper under the skin and cause significant destruction to surrounding tissues.

How long does it take for basal cell carcinoma to spread?

The tumors enlarge very slowly, sometimes so slowly that they go unnoticed as new growths. However, the growth rate varies greatly from tumor to tumor, with some growing as much as ½ inch (about 1 centimeter) in a year. Basal cell carcinomas rarely spread (metastasize) to other parts of the body.

Is 2 weeks long enough for fluorouracil?

Adults—Apply to the affected area 2 times a day for 2 to 4 weeks.

Does fluorouracil damage healthy skin?

Topical fluorouracil is used to treat actinic keratosis and superficial basal and squamous cell skin cancers. The medication destroys sun-damaged skin cells, but can also damage normal skin and cause skin irritation.

What happens if you leave basal cell carcinoma untreated?

Untreated BCCs can become locally invasive, grow wide and deep into the skin and destroy skin, tissue and bone. The longer you wait to get treatment, the more likely it is that the BCC will recur, sometimes repeatedly. There are some highly unusual, aggressive cases when BCC spreads to other parts of the body.

What are the warning signs of basal cell carcinoma?


  • A shiny, skin-colored bump that’s translucent, meaning you can see a bit through the surface.
  • A brown, black or blue lesion — or a lesion with dark spots — with a slightly raised, translucent border.
  • A flat, scaly patch with a raised edge.
  • A white, waxy, scar-like lesion without a clearly defined border.

What happens if you leave a basal cell carcinoma alone?

Is basal cell carcinoma flat or raised?

Basal cell carcinomas

Basal cell cancers usually develop on areas exposed to the sun, especially the face, head, and neck, but they can occur anywhere on the body. These cancers can appear as: Flat, firm, pale or yellow areas, similar to a scar. Raised reddish patches that might be itchy.

Should I worry if I have basal cell carcinoma?

BCCs rarely spread beyond the original tumor site. But these lesions can grow and become disfiguring and dangerous. Untreated BCCs can become locally invasive, grow wide and deep into the skin and destroy skin, tissue and bone.

What is the life expectancy of someone with basal cell carcinoma?

Survival for most non-melanoma skin cancers is excellent. The 5-year relative survival for BCC is 100%. This means that, on average, all of the people diagnosed with BCC are just as likely to live at least 5 years after their diagnosis as people in the general population.

How do I treat my face after fluorouracil?

The day after your last Efudex application, begin moisturizing all treated areas with either Vaseline or Aquaphor Healing Ointment (over the counter). Apply frequently every day to keep skin soft. The treated area can be pink for several months and is more susceptible to getting sun burned.

Do you rub in fluorouracil cream?

Fluorouracil cream is applied once or twice a day after washing with plain water. A tiny amount of the cream should be gently rubbed into all of the treatment areas with a fingertip. It is important to apply it to all the skin and not just visible lesions.

What can I put on my face after using fluorouracil?

Wash with a gentle cleanser like Cetaphil or Dove during treatment, and you may moisturize each day with Cetaphil or Eucerin lotion.

How long can you live with basal cell carcinoma?

What happens if you don’t treat basal cell carcinoma?

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When can I shower after applying fluorouracil cream?

Do not wash the face for at least three hours after Efudex (or Carac) application.