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Basal cell carcinoma surgery and skin graft - anyone else had the same?

I've had a full thickness skin graft for a basal cell carcinoma on my left temple on my face, but after 3 months, my wound site where the cancer was (not the skin graft site) is still painful. Anyone else had this?

I had a basal cell carcinoma on my nose removed April 3rd 1991.
Now its beginning to peel. I've made arrangement to see a skin specialist.
I would suggest you do the same. It can be very painful. The likelihood of the cancer coming back, while still in the back of our minds, is minimal at best, its still there and very real, and very scary. Go see your DR. its important. And refrain from being in the sun. Your to important/special to not go see about it.  (+ info)

Can renal cell carcinoma spread to the skin?

My husband has had kidney cancer since 2008. It has spread to the plueral lining and to some lymph nodes. He now has an open sore that will not heal. I am wondering if it is possible for this to be more of the kidney cancer or possibly some other cancer?

Yes kidney cancer can spread to the skin and if it did it would not be skin cancer it would still be kidney cancer. Technically most cancers can spread anywhere and although it doesn’t often happen kidney cancers are known to spread to the skin. It is also possible that it could be skin cancer.  (+ info)

What is the skins appendage which aids in lubricating the surface of the skin?

sebaceous glands, that secrete oil onto the surface of the skin to lubricate it... is that what you mean?  (+ info)

science help: where can i find a diagram of how Basel Skin Cancer (basal cell carcinoma) is caused?

please help>>> are there any websites that show a diagram of how the sun can cause Basel Skin cancer?? or....

i need to find out how the sun causes basal cell carcinoma...please help- i`ve searched everywhere...
thanks for all answers! :)

:)  (+ info)

What is considered "Early detection" with Squamous Cell Carcinoma (skin cancer)?

I keep seeing that the prognosis for SCC is fairly high if found early... what to doctors consider to be an early found cancer sight? In a range of time please. Is it past 6 months or below?

Whether or not cancer is found early is not determined by time, but by stage of disease. SCC of the skin is common and usually slow growing.  (+ info)

Which ofthe following statements regarding carcinoma of the skin is true?

squamous cell carcinomas metastasize frequently

karposi sarcomas remain localized to the skin only

untreated basal cell carcinomas can ulcerate and involve local tissue

malignant melanomas grow and metastasize slowly, so are least threatening

When are some of you going to start doing your own homework. Stop being so lazy and look it up. How else are you going to learn? End of the school year blues.  (+ info)

Aldara for basil skin carcinoma?

I have a slight bit of basil skin carcinoma on my face and my dermatologist prescribed Aldara to get rid of it. Is this product safe for your face because I found where the FDA says it shouldn't be applied there. Also, I had a fellow co-worker use this on his forehead and he looked so freakish that he had to take three weeks off because of how bad it looked. Are there any alternative creams or herbal supplememts that might work on this? Thanks ahead.

If you want the skin cancer gone, you need to follow your dermatologist's advice. Sure, it makes the area very red, the skin then flakes/peels off and it can make your skin look bad temporarily but that is better than have more episodes of the skin cancer needing treatment. Do it right the first time and you may not have to do it again. There are no herbal treatments that will cure a basal cell carcinoma. After this is treated, make sure you continue with annual check-ups with your dermatologist.  (+ info)

Isinvasive squamous cell carcinoma skin cancer more likely to spread than non invasive? Just had one removed.?

from my hand. I am worried that it will spread. I nicked my hand and the sore would not go away. Had it removed and was cancer. Anyone know much abourt this type of skin cancer?

I would not say that an invasive squamous cell carcinoma is "highly susceptible to spreading" but I will agree that the chances of this type squamous cell spreading internally are statistically higher than a SCC on the upper layers of the skin, they are more problematic to treat and they are significantly more likely to recur. Your Dr should be able to tell you whether they removed enough tissue to where he got down to where there were only normal cells present. Tell him you do not want to take any extra risks and that you would want an additional excison if he thought it might be truly helpful. He will probably give you a quick answer as to whether or not this is a good idea or not.


Another good idea would be to treat the area where the cancer was removed with Aldara cream. Aldara is currently only FDA approved to treat basal cell skin cancers but this will soon change to include squamous cells. Aldara is an immune modifier that brings interferons and interleukins to the site where an immune response is then activated against malignant cells. You apply the Aldara every other day to the area where the cancer was removed which then gets inflamed if there are any malignant cells present. After 6-8 weeks of treatment the inflammation dies down and the crust sloughs off and the area is cancer free. If no inflammation occurs after the first couple of weeks then you know the surgery has already removed the malignant cells and you do not need to keep treating the area.

The generic name for Aldara is imiquimod. Here is a study discussing the use in invasive SCC.

J Am Acad Dermatol. 2006 Aug;55(2):324-7. Links
Imiquimod 5% cream in the treatment of Bowen's disease and invasive squamous cell carcinoma.Peris K, Micantonio T, Fargnoli MC, Lozzi GP, Chimenti S.
Department of Dermatology, University of L'Aquila, Italy. [email protected]

BACKGROUND: Imiquimod has been successfully used for treatment of various epithelial cutaneous neoplasms. OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to evaluate the efficacy and tolerability of imiquimod 5% cream for treatment of Bowen's disease and invasive squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) in patients who were unsuitable candidates for surgery. METHOD: Five Bowen's disease lesions and 7 invasive SCC lesions on 10 patients were treated with imiquimod once daily 5 times a week for a maximum of 16 weeks. RESULTS: After 8 to 12 weeks of treatment, 4 of 5 Bowen's disease lesions (80%) and 5 of 7 invasive SCCs (71.4%) showed complete clinicopathologic regression. The remaining 3 lesions showed partial regression after 16 weeks of treatment. No recurrence has been detected after a follow-up period of 24 to 38 months (mean, 31 months). LIMITATIONS: The study is an open-label clinical trial on a small number of selected patients, with lack of excision with serial step sections. CONCLUSION: Topical application of imiquimod 5% cream might represent an alternative topical treatment to surgery in selected cases of Bowen's disease and invasive SCC.
PMID: 16844522


Aldara is a relatively new treatment for skin cancers and some Drs do not use it yet because of either lack of prior experience or afraid of lost income.
good luck  (+ info)

SKIN CANCER Q! ..what's the difference between "malignant melanoma" and "Basal Cell Carcinoma" ?!!?

Basal Cell Carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer, caused by overexposure to the sun. This is easily treated by removing the cancer spot.
Malignant Melanomas looks like a black spot and is cancer of your melanocytes in the stratum basale. If not taken care of it can spread to your lymph and blood. Considered the leading cause of skin cancer death.  (+ info)

How harmless is Basal Cell Carcinoma ( a form of skin cancer)?

BCC is as deadly as any cancer if it is allowed to spread.

However, it takes years and years to spread so usually surgeons get to it before it does this.

Nevertheless, I have seen what happens when people ignore them. Often they occur on sun-exposed areas (face / neck / shoulders / back) and sometimes people think they are an annoying pimple that just doesn't go away. If you leave them for years and years then they eventually DO spread and are devastating. See the wiki page.

If you suspect you have a Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) then get it checked by a doctor. It should be removed. The sooner, the better.

It is not, however, in the same league as the nasty Melanoma which does all of the above AND spreads early!  (+ info)

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