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Skin Cancer Treatment (PDQ®): Treatment - Patient Information [NCI] - Treatment Options for Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer

Basal Cell Carcinoma

Treatment of basal cell carcinoma may include the following:

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  • Simple excision.
  • Mohs micrographic surgery.
  • Radiation therapy.
  • Electrodesiccation and curettage.
  • Cryosurgery.
  • Photodynamic therapy.
  • Topical chemotherapy.
  • Topical biologic therapy with imiquimod.
  • Laser surgery.

Treatment of recurrent basal cell carcinoma is usually Mohs micrographic surgery.

Treatment of basal cell carcinoma that is metastatic or cannot be treated with local therapy is usually chemotherapy or a clinical trial of a new treatment.

Check for U.S. clinical trials from NCI's list of cancer clinical trials that are now accepting patients with basal cell carcinoma of the skin. For more specific results, refine the search by using other search features, such as the location of the trial, the type of treatment, or the name of the drug. Talk with your doctor about clinical trials that may be right for you. General information about clinical trials is available from the NCI Web site.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Treatment of squamous cell carcinoma may include the following:

  • Simple excision.
  • Mohs micrographic surgery.
  • Radiation therapy.
  • Electrodesiccation and curettage.
  • Cryosurgery.

Treatment of recurrent squamous cell carcinoma may include the following:

  • Simple excision.
  • Mohs micrographic surgery.
  • Radiation therapy.

Treatment of squamous cell carcinoma that is metastatic or cannot be treated with local therapy may include the following:

  • Chemotherapy.
  • Retinoid therapy and biologic therapy with interferon.
  • A clinical trial of a new treatment.

Check for U.S. clinical trials from NCI's list of cancer clinical trials that are now accepting patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the skin. For more specific results, refine the search by using other search features, such as the location of the trial, the type of treatment, or the name of the drug. Talk with your doctor about clinical trials that may be right for you. General information about clinical trials is available from the NCI Web site.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

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    Last Updated: May 28, 2015
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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