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basel cell carcinoma

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 11, 2007
  • 05:52 PM

Looking for alternative ways of treating a small spot on forehead of basel cell carcinoma.
Prefer not to have it 'cut out' & not keen on laser....has anyone been successful in finding an application cream....hopefully a natural but effective one....
Please reply.
thanks sheila:)

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  • Hello, I too had a bcc on my forehead, and just got it removed today. It was there for a while, and just neglected it. I am glad I went. It is now gone, with just on stitch in my head, (next to my eyebrow), but because I didn't go sooner, like 2-3 years sooner, bit may have gone deeper and they may need to go in again to get more. SO, go in and get it taken care of. It is not very invasive, and wont' leave a scar. And even if it did, look at the alternative.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 19, 2007
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  • Yes, go get it taken out now don't wait. My husband today just had the stitches taken from top of his head where he had bcc and was his 3rd surgery in the same area. Was just a small sore first time he went, had it removed but the margins came back unclear so the surgeon had to go back a 2nd time.....almost 4 inches across. About 3 weeks ago, 2 bumps appeared in same area, this time he went to another surgeon and another 4 to 5 inch incision made.The nurse who removed his stitches today told him the doctor would have to talk to him about one small area of margin that may not be clear....so looking at a possible 4th procedure done in same area.
    agypsygrl 79 Replies
    • February 20, 2007
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  • Hello, I too had a bcc on my forehead, and just got it removed today. It was there for a while, and just neglected it. I am glad I went. It is now gone, with just on stitch in my head, (next to my eyebrow), but because I didn't go sooner, like 2-3 years sooner, bit may have gone deeper and they may need to go in again to get more. SO, go in and get it taken care of. It is not very invasive, and wont' leave a scar. And even if it did, look at the alternative. So kind of U to reply to my message re B.C C.....I am still not at all sure I want to go ahead with having it treated. I am pleased for U that it has been so successful & I may B quite wrong to hesitate but I feel that ,sometimes, things R best left undisturbed rather than intervention.I feel that it might cause more problems if it's cut or lasered.It has been there , in my case, for about 5 yrs & in that time it has grown from a very small dot (which of course I did not recognise as anything) to about the size of 3/4 size of my thumb nail. So it is growing very slowly. I might B dead before it does me any harm.It isn't seen as it's just under the flow of my hair line & I feel nothing. I think it is very surface But I dont know that.I have been putting iodine on it!!! I keep thinking it is getting smaller but maybe my imagination.Thank U again for contacting me.best wishes sheila
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 20, 2007
    • 08:35 AM
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  • Yes, go get it taken out now don't wait. My husband today just had the stitches taken from top of his head where he had bcc and was his 3rd surgery in the same area. Was just a small sore first time he went, had it removed but the margins came back unclear so the surgeon had to go back a 2nd time.....almost 4 inches across. About 3 weeks ago, 2 bumps appeared in same area, this time he went to another surgeon and another 4 to 5 inch incision made.The nurse who removed his stitches today told him the doctor would have to talk to him about one small area of margin that may not be clear....so looking at a possible 4th procedure done in same area. This is what I fear & Y I am still unsure. It is not very big now & has been there about 5 yrs. It's still only the size of 3/4 of my thumb nail. I dont feel anything & it is just on the edge of my hair line so it cant B seen.I am putting iodine on it (Yes I know it may not do anything!). I always feel that most things R best left alone & let our miraculous bodies take care of it. I am hoping that is what is happening. I know I cant B sure.I think that once one interferes with what the body is TRYING to cope with THEN the 'thing' will get bigger & spread. I may B quite wrong of course & we R all so different. I did want to hear via this v good site what other people's experiences had been & I hoped someone just MIGHT have found a 'magic' cream to apply to help shrink it. I'm sure there must B something.Thank U for yr reply.best wishes sheila (ninny)
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 20, 2007
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  • HELLOMY HUSBAND IS 45 - LAST WEEK HE WENT TO MD TO HAVE TWO AREAS OF SKIN LOOKED AT BY DERM. THE ONE AREA HAS BEEN ON HIS SCALP FOR THE 19 YEARS THAT I HAVE KNOWN HIM, IT HAS JUST STARTED TO GROW LARGER WITHIN THE LAST FEW YEARS. IT IS NOW ABOUT 3 INCHES x 4 INCHES. AND OOZES. WITHIN THE LAST YEAR A LITTLE RED SPOT APPEARED ON HIS NECK AND ALSO ON HIS THIGH. I DIDNT THINK MUCH OF THEM JUST THOUGHT IT WAS ECZEMA OR SOMETHING. HE HAS A LOT OF SKIN ISSUES IN HIS FAMILY. WELL... THE MD ACTUALLY BIOPSIED ABOUT A DOZON DIFFERENT AREAS ON HIS BODY. THEY CAME BACK LAST NIGHT AS BASAL CELL AND SHE REFERRED HIM TO SOME OTHER SPECIALIST NEXT WEEK. HE DIDNT GET DETAILS SO I KNOW NOTHING AND HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL APPT. WE ARE SCARED WE HAVE AN 11 YEAR OLD AND A 5 YEAR OLD. CAN ANYBODY TELL ME SIGNS OR SYMPTOMS OF THE BASAL CELL METASTIZING? I AM SCARED THE ONE ON HIS HEAD HAS BEEN THERE FOREVER? ANY ADVICE? ANY QUESTIONS TO ASK? IS THERE A FACILITIY THAT SPECIALIZES IN SKIN CANCER TREATMENT. I DONT CARE IF THE INSUREANCE COVERS OR NOT - WE CAN MORTGAGE HOUSE IF WE NEED TO. I JUST WANT A LITTLE DIRECTION - BEFORE NEXT TUESDAY. THANK YOU
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 26, 2007
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  • due yourself a favor and get it removed
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 3, 2007
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  • Most insurance will cover the removal of BCC. For removal on the face, there is a procedure called 'MOHS' which is where they excise the smallest area possible and before closing the excision, they look at it under a microscope to see if they got it all. If not, they take a little bit more in the area that had some BCC remaining. This allows for the smallest possible incision. On other parts of the body, they typically just excise a more generous section to ensure they get it all the first time. Insurance will typically not pay for MOHS on areas of the body except for the face and maybe the scalp and neck depending on how visible it is. I've had three MOHS procedures in the past couple of years and am happy with the results.Another way to treat BCC is by scraping and burning it. I've never had this done but was told that if I start to get too many linear scars from excisions, this would be an alternative which basically just scars as a pigment loss in the area of treatment. It is 93% effective as opposed to the 95% effectiveness of excision.As far as the kids, you typically don't see the true signs of sun damage until about 20 to 30 years after the damage is done. I have kids and I make them wear a baseball cap and sunscreen when they're outside...always. That will go a long way toward prevention. HELLOMY HUSBAND IS 45 - LAST WEEK HE WENT TO MD TO HAVE TWO AREAS OF SKIN LOOKED AT BY DERM. THE ONE AREA HAS BEEN ON HIS SCALP FOR THE 19 YEARS THAT I HAVE KNOWN HIM, IT HAS JUST STARTED TO GROW LARGER WITHIN THE LAST FEW YEARS. IT IS NOW ABOUT 3 INCHES x 4 INCHES. AND OOZES. WITHIN THE LAST YEAR A LITTLE RED SPOT APPEARED ON HIS NECK AND ALSO ON HIS THIGH. I DIDNT THINK MUCH OF THEM JUST THOUGHT IT WAS ECZEMA OR SOMETHING. HE HAS A LOT OF SKIN ISSUES IN HIS FAMILY. WELL... THE MD ACTUALLY BIOPSIED ABOUT A DOZON DIFFERENT AREAS ON HIS BODY. THEY CAME BACK LAST NIGHT AS BASAL CELL AND SHE REFERRED HIM TO SOME OTHER SPECIALIST NEXT WEEK. HE DIDNT GET DETAILS SO I KNOW NOTHING AND HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL APPT. WE ARE SCARED WE HAVE AN 11 YEAR OLD AND A 5 YEAR OLD. CAN ANYBODY TELL ME SIGNS OR SYMPTOMS OF THE BASAL CELL METASTIZING? I AM SCARED THE ONE ON HIS HEAD HAS BEEN THERE FOREVER? ANY ADVICE? ANY QUESTIONS TO ASK? IS THERE A FACILITIY THAT SPECIALIZES IN SKIN CANCER TREATMENT. I DONT CARE IF THE INSUREANCE COVERS OR NOT - WE CAN MORTGAGE HOUSE IF WE NEED TO. I JUST WANT A LITTLE DIRECTION - BEFORE NEXT TUESDAY. THANK YOU
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 5, 2007
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  • You could have topical chemo. That's what my cousin is doing for hers, but honestly, I would have it removed (preferebly by a plastic surgeon b/c its on your face). Don't take chances with your health.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 5, 2007
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  • My wife just had what we thought and the Dr. thought was a small spot removed from her nose. Smaller than head of a pencil eraser. Once the Dr. got in there it was much larger and deeper than anticipated. It can spread unnoticed under the skin. She could have lost her whole nose if left untreated.With such a great success rate (if caught early), it is well worth getting it removed.Make the call.jc
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  • I, also, have a form of bcc. The first cells were burned off, the scar not too bad. The physician dermatologist did tell me that it may return on another part of my face. Sure enough, he did not get all of it, so it came back right next to the burn spot plus on my tip of my nose. So I got another physician's opinion, dermatologist. He took another biopsy and determined that this bcc needed to have the Mohs surgery done to find the roots to the cancer underneath the skin and that it may be be embedded in other tissue. Then had a plastic surgeon on hand in case it needed special sewing to heal better. I was to have this surgery today but because of financial status i wasn't able to afford this surgery at this time. The dermatologist wanted me to have this surgery because the bcc could affect my eyes and nose and other parts of my face especially under the skin. The problem with bcc there are many varieties so each has its own procedure to make sure it doesn't come back again. No quarantees on any cancer though. I have known other bcc that is cleared with topical creams. Pray about it and do your research and find the best procedure for your bcc and peace of mind.
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  • Looking for alternative ways of treating a small spot on forehead of basel cell carcinoma.Prefer not to have it 'cut out' & not keen on laser....has anyone been successful in finding an application cream....hopefully a natural but effective one....Please reply.thanks sheila:)Hi, my story: 1-1/2 years old I asked my general practitioner to remove a small bump on my forehead for asthetics purposes. We both thought it was a small cyst. She sent it to the lab and it was BCC. I did not have insurance a the time and did not want to pay $2,000 for mohs recommended procedure. I regularly applied DMSO which seemed to keep it in check. Now I am on a health plan and went to a dermatologist, who prescribed that cream, which is basically chemotherapy in a tube. I applied it for two months, making a red, ugly spot on my forehead. The tiny bump that remained began to leak clear fluid and some blood. So he just performed the cut and electrify (my terminology). It is still under a band aid. I'm afraid to look and see that I may have a hole in my forehead. But the bottom line is, you can try the cream. It works on some cases, but if it fails, get it cut out. The roots can invade deeper.
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  • I was diagnosed with a BCC on my abdomen and given the choice of having it cut out or burnt off. I asked the dermatologist the question, if you're considering burning it off presumably a biopsy isn't necessary. He said that, as it was a classic BCC, there wasn't any need for biopsy. I felt somewhat comforted by this and told him that I wanted to do some research before making any decision as, I too, sometimes feel that these things are best not interfered with. I had a bit of a eureka moment when a friend gave me a jar of a natural cream called Themba. She had used it to get rid of a sun spot on her forehead and told me to give it a try on my BCC. I used it religiously every day( several times each day) and after a couple of weeks it had shrivelled up and just dropped off. No scar and no trace as to where it had been. I would always caution advise anyone to get a proper diagnosis but this cream is definitely worth a try if it turns out to be a BCC.
    GinnyMac 1 Replies
    • February 18, 2009
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  • I have been dealing with bcc on my face for some 25 years and I'm now trying curaderm which seems to be working. I'm using it on a sore on my forehead which wasn't healing properly (a classic bcc symptom). It made it look worse after several days but has started looking better now.www.curaderm.net
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  • Hello,My advice is go now and get it cut out before its too late. BCC is known as a "rodent ulcer" and like the word rodent it burrows into your skin.The sooner you go and get it cut out the more likely it will not spread.The longer you leave it to grow bigger, the likely it will burrow deeper into your skin and muscle.My mum has had her third op and they have taken about the size of a 10pence piece from her nose. It is not all gone. They have to cut again. This is all because they didnt get it all the first time.If you are young i recommend you go now while there is a high chance they can get it all out before it burrows further into your skin and muscle.
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  • Problem is I only can afford catastrophic insurance. Last summer I had a place on my ear burned off & one on my temple scraped and it cost me $850. I was in the Doctors office about 20 minutes. The curaderm claims to eat all the way to the root but will not harm healthy skin. So far, it seems to be working on the one I mentioned on my forehead. It is made from eggplant & cost $100 for a small bottle. I'm not one to usually go for unsure remedies but the medical industry is too expensive. Besides, if the curaderm does work no doctor or pharmacist would recommend it.My 36 year old niece cured herself of stage 4 breast cancer (there is no stage 5) by changing her diet and taking a couple of things she found on the internet.
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  • I have had basal cell cancer a couple of times. My advice is don't fool around with it on you face particularly. Left untreated it can be very destructive and should be taken seriously. I strongly recommend insisting on Mohs surgery. They take less tissue, and usually the surgeon is training to do nice reconstructive work. I had a spot on my nose treated with the creams twice, and the cancer came back larger. I wish my dermatologist had been more aggressive at the outset. The embarrassment factor with the creams is worse than surgery in my opinion because the treatment has to go on for many weeks in order to be effective--and then the cure rate is lower than mohs. Good luck.
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