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Are there any new treatments for early skin cancer other 5-FU?

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Posted on Wed, 18 Mar 2015
Question: Are there any new treatments for early skin cancer other than the 5FU typer salve that you must use for weeks? I have heard of a treatment using a intense light or lamp?
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Answered by Dr. Monish De (42 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Photodynamic therapy

Detailed Answer:
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Photodynamic therapy is a new treatment option in early skin cancer other than 5 FU type salve.

This treatment consists of 2 phases. First, a chemical is applied to the skin cancer.

This chemical sits on the skin cancer for several hours.

During the second phase, the skin cancer is exposed to a special light. This light destroys the cancer cells.

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DR DE

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Brief Answer: Photodynamic therapy Detailed Answer: Hi Photodynamic therapy is a new treatment option in early skin cancer other than 5 FU type salve. This treatment consists of 2 phases. First, a chemical is applied to the skin cancer. This chemical sits on the skin cancer for several hours. During the second phase, the skin cancer is exposed to a special light. This light destroys the cancer cells. Regards DR DE