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
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