Which medications in the drug class Topical Skin Products are used in the treatment of Basal Cell Carcinoma?

Updated: Mar 02, 2020
  • Author: Robert S Bader, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Topical Skin Products

Products that induce cytokines, including interferon alpha, have been shown to be effective.

Imiquimod (Aldara)

The precise mechanism of imiquimod for superficial BCC is unknown. It may increase tumor infiltration by lymphocytes, dendritic cells, and macrophages. It is indicated for biopsy-confirmed primary nonfacial superficial BCC in adults with normal immune systems. Additionally, tumors must not exceed 2 cm in diameter on certain areas of the body. Imiquimod is indicated only when surgical methods are not appropriate.


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