What are the field treatment options for precancerous skin lesions in patients with cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cSCC)?

Updated: Jul 08, 2020
  • Author: Talib Najjar, DMD, MDS, PhD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Options for field treatment include topical chemotherapy with 5-FU or photodynamic therapy. Imiquimod has limited utility in diffuse disease because adverse effects increase when this agent is applied to large surface areas. If 5-FU therapy is planned, remove any hyperkeratotic lesions with a curette just before beginning therapy, to enhance penetration of the medication to the basal layer.


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