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Cancer

Question
Posted by: Phillip | 2018/05/15

Q.

how to tame melonoma skin cancer.

Heloo I have both type of skin cancers but mostly melanoma. I just want to know is there any thing I can do to slow down the process of growing the cancer. I have to cut out alot of growths every year. Also can skin cancer not be treated by chemo or other alternatives?

Expert's Reply

A.

Cancer expert
- 2018/05/23

Dear Phillip, I am sorry to hear that you have both melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer. This is a rare occurrence.

There are various alternative treatments available for treating non-melanoma skin cancer. They include:

·        Topical therapy: a cream or gel is put directly on the skin. It may be used to treat small, superficial Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) of the skin on the neck, trunk, arms or legs. It may also be used to treat Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC). Ask your dermatologist about availability.

·        Targeted therapy: drugs are used to target specific molecules on, or inside, cancer cells. It sends signals that tell cells to grow or divide – the drugs stop the growth and spread of cancer cells while limiting harm to normal cells. It may be used for BCC that has spread (metastasised) or locally advanced BCC when surgery or radiation therapy cannot be used. Ask you dermatologist whether this is indicated for you.

·        Systemic chemotherapy: use is made of anticancer (cytotoxic) drugs that travel through the bloodstream to destroy cancer cells. Systemic chemotherapy is usually only used for locally advanced or non-melanoma skin cancer that has spread (metastasised). Ask your dermatologist of this is indicated for you.

Although chemotherapy is usually not as effective in melanoma as in some other types of cancer, it may relive symptoms or extend survival of some patients with advanced melanoma. You must consult your dermatologist in this regard. (MCH).

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