A cream called imiquimod is a type of immunotherapy that causes the body’s immune system to destroy cancer cells. It is used to treat sunspots, superficial BCCs and squamous cell carcinoma in situ (Bowen’s disease). You apply imiquimod directly to the affected area every night, usually five days a week for six weeks.
What kind of cream is good for skin cancer?
The creams used to treat basal cell skin cancer are imiquimod and 5-FU (fluorouracil). They contain powerful medicines that cause a painful irritation in the treated area. The skin gets inflamed and crusts over as it heals. You apply the cream every day or two for several weeks.
How long does it take for fluorouracil cream to start working?
This usually takes at least 3 to 6 weeks, but may take as long as 10 to 12 weeks. During the first few weeks of treatment, the skin lesions and surrounding areas will feel irritated and look red, swollen, and scaly. This is a sign that fluorouracil is working.
Can you buy fluorouracil over the counter?
Fluorouracil interferes with the growth of abnormal cells, which are eventually destroyed. Fluorouracil is available only with your doctor’s prescription.
Is fluorouracil cream safe?
Fluorouracil Cream may cause serious side effects including: severe pain or swelling of treated skin, severe itching, burning or irritation, open skin sores, and.
How do you know when to stop applying fluorouracil?
After continued application, the damaged skin becomes painful and inflamed with a beefy-red appearance with erosions and crusting. At this point, the medication should be stopped.
Does fluorouracil cause weight gain?
Weight gain, weight loss, dehydration. Dizziness. Changes in taste, voice. Abnormal body movement.
Can you put Vaseline over fluorouracil?
The abnormal lesions will get increasingly red and will begin to ooze and crust at which point therapy is typically complete. A white petrolatum ointment (Aquaphor or Vaseline) can then be applied several times daily to allow faster healing.
What is fluorouracil cream 5 used for?
FLUOROURACIL, 5-FU (flure oh YOOR a sil) is a chemotherapy agent. It is used on the skin to treat skin cancer and certain types of skin conditions that could become cancer.
How effective is fluorouracil?
Topical 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) for the treatment of widespread multiple AK lesions has cure rates of more than 90 percent. The associated skin irritation, however, may lead patients to prematurely discontinue treatment.
Can I use hydrocortisone with fluorouracil?
You may apply Aquaphor, Vaseline, or over-the-counter Hydrocortisone ointment to the area treated after applying Efudex. Do not apply prior to Efudex application.