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Is Curaderm safe for treatment of basal cell carcinoma? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 11-Apr-2014
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User:I have a 2.5 centimeter basal cell lesion on my back. I do not have health insurance, nor do I have the cash to pay a doctor for what I'm told could be $1500 - $2000 in excisions, or mohs procedure, etc. But, I've found something called "curaderm" which seems to be an option many people find success with as a topical agent. I've watched many videos, and read forums, and read some scientific research that suggests curaderm has at least a good shot to get rid of basal cell carcinoma. My question is, do you have any ideas on this course of action, and my particular situation? I know what a dermatoligist will want to do, and I know what I'm afraid of (making the wrong choice from which there is no turning back), so I just want some guidance on this. I live in a small town without a dermatoligist, but rather a plastic surgeon who comes once a week to the local clinic. I'm worried, broke, and just want some advice I can turn into action. I'm praying (literally) for an answer.
Doctor:
Let me read your query for few minutes to be able to have a good discussion here.
Doctor:I have gone through your query
Doctor:and I have to admit to you that I was not aware of this particular medicine
Doctor:so I did some looking up, as it happens most often with such lesser known substances nothing substantive turned up
User:At 2.5 centimeters, how far advanced is that? How concernced should I be about a spread from basal to other types of cancer? I guess I'm trying to figure out if a couple months with curaderm is a risky amount of time or not to try something before I go for a surgical route.
Doctor:there was one study reported which clearly stated that BEC (solasodine glycosides) is effective in treating the basal cell carcinomas
Doctor:2.5 centimeters becomes stage T2
Doctor:in TNM staging
User:And, what does that mean?
User:Is that bad? I mean, it's all bad, but how bad is that?
Doctor:that means it is considered as stage 2 cancer based on the size only
User:So, if I was in your office with my financial issues, and an option like curaderm, what would you say?
Doctor:There are other factors that we need to consider
Doctor:like N and M in that staging
User:how do we ascertain that?
Doctor:I don't believe in charging people who can not afford
Doctor:we can assert that doing a clinical examination
Doctor:that is the most basic thing that needs to be done
User:so, a doctor's visit? would they need to do any cutting?
Doctor:and to find out distant metastasis, we would have to probably do a PET scan
Doctor:Probably they would take small biopsies to see the extent of spread
User:with basal cell, and 2.5 centimeters, what are the odds of spreading?
Doctor:As I understand, a PET scan might cost around $5000 in your country
User:okay
User:any other advice?
Doctor:The problem with basal cell carcinomas is that, it could have spread even when the original tumor size is small
User:ok
Doctor:It is impossible to give you all the details here
Doctor:so please see this http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC0000/
Doctor:This gives all the standard treatment options as well as detailed information about the different types of basal cell carcinoma
Doctor:and over all staging too
Doctor:I can give you one advice
Doctor:Please find a support group
User:support group? for what?
Doctor:or social organizations that provide financial support to people who can not afford medical care
Doctor:for financial support
Doctor:You need expert medical care, and as I understand you won't get that free of cost in your country
User:got it... thanks!
Doctor:I can understand what you might be going through
Doctor:please go to the link I have given you
Doctor:you will find more than enough information about basal cell carcinoma which will help you make an informed decision
User:great thanks
Doctor:As for using curaderm, I would not advise it as there is no compelling scientific literature on it
Doctor:Is there anything else I can help you with?
Doctor:If you are not a non believer, you might find religious organizations willing to help you financially
Doctor:that is an avenue which you can look into
User:Thanks... iw ill consider all of your advice
Doctor:Anything else I can help you with?
User:no... Thanks!
Doctor:Okay
Doctor:I hope you will find what you are looking for soon
Doctor:Take care
Doctor:Good luck
Doctor:bye
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