Topical therapies for non-melanoma skin cancers
When is this procedure indicated?
Actinic keratoses or superficial basaliomas.
How is it performed?
Other local treatments include the application of creams, such as diclofenac 3% gel (used for superficial actinic keratosis), 5-fluorouracil + silicylic acid cream (used for hyperkeratotic actinic keratosis), imiquimod 5% cream (for superficial basal cell carcinoma), imiquimod 3% cream (for actinic keratosis), and 5-fluorouracil (for actinic keratosis).
Mild local burning sensation, vesiculation, crusty reaction. Local erythema and crusting, sometimes with postinflammatory hyper- or hypopigmentation.