Skin Cancer Chemotherapy
cancer is a very common type of cancer and generally one of the most easily treated forms of
cancer. However early detection and proper treatment are very
important to provide the most effective results. There are a
number of treatments which may be used to address the threat of skin cancer. We will focus on a key form of treatment called skin cancer
chemotherapy involves the use of special medications which are designed to recognize cancer cells and then
attack and destroy them. The medications may be ingested or taken
through the bloodstream. And there are different medications which
have been shown to be effective in treating various forms of skin cancer.
the case of skin cancer, most of the medications used to treat this disease are applied topically as a lotion or
crème directly to the cancerous areas of the skin. This helps to
ensure that the active ingredients in this type of treatment are placed in very close proximity to the cancerous
areas so that they can be most effective. It also helps to provide
maximum dosage to the cancer while limiting exposure to other healthy cells located nearby.
surgical removal of the areas of the skin which are diagnosed with cancer, skin cancer chemotherapy may be a
viable alternative especially if the cancer has grown too large to be surgically removed or if there are new
cases which keep reappearing.
This type of
treatment may also be used in addition to surgical treatments. In
this case the skin cancer chemotherapy may be used to help to ensure that any remaining cancer cells are
eliminated following a surgical removal of the affected area. The
goal is to significantly reduce the chances of the cancer cells reappearing again at a later
treatment would entail applying the anticancer drugs to the skin one or two times a day for several
weeks. A drug called fluorouracil is often used to treat basal cell
and squamous cell cancers which are in the early stages and remain only in the top layers of the
skin. For more extensive cancer, other treatments or anti- drugs
would be required.
used to treat the skin cancer are very powerful and do a great job of attacking and killing cancer
cells. They can unfortunately do a great job of attacking and
killing healthy cells as well. So it’s important to manage the
dosage and frequency of use in order to minimize the impact to other cells.
But some common side effects which should be noted can include the following:
Skin which turns red or becomes
swollen following the application of anti-cancer drugs
Skin which can become itchy, ooze
fluids or cause a rash to develop
And skin which is especially
sensitive to exposure from the sun.
These side effects
usually go away once treatment has stopped. This why it is sometimes necessary to implement a course of
treatment and then stop for a while to give the healthy tissues a chance to recover and