Topical Therapy

Topical therapy involves the application of medications directly to the skin surface for the treatment of certain skin cancers. Experts at Zitelli & Brodland emphasize the significance of this approach for addressing conditions like actinic keratoses and superficial basal cell carcinoma. This non-invasive option avoids surgery, reducing scarring and allowing for convenient at-home application of creams such as Efudex and Aldara.

Benefits of Topical Therapy

  • Non-Invasiveness
  • Minimized Scarring
  • Convenience
  • Localized Treatment
  • Reduced Discomfort
  • Applicability to Various Skin Conditions

Side Effects of Topical Therapy

  • Skin Irritation
  • Dryness
  • Burning or Stinging Sensation
  • Photosensitivity
  • Erythema (Skin Redness)
  • Blistering or Crusting
  • Allergic Reactions
  • Pigment Changes

What to Expect at Your Topical Therapy Appointment

During your topical therapy appointment, you can expect a comprehensive process designed to address your specific needs. The appointment typically begins with a consultation, where your healthcare provider reviews your medical history and conducts a thorough examination of the affected skin areas. Following the assessment, your provider will discuss treatment options, with a focus on topical therapy if recommended. You will receive detailed information about the prescribed medication, its application process, and potential benefits and risks. A follow-up schedule will be established to monitor your progress, and you'll receive educational materials to enhance your understanding of your skin condition and treatment plan.

Topical Therapy FAQs

Topical medications work by being absorbed into the skin, where they exert their therapeutic effects. They may target inflammation, abnormal cell growth, or microbial activity.

Yes, topical treatments can include creams, ointments, gels, lotions, and patches, each formulated for specific skin conditions.

Topical treatments are often used for non-aggressive forms of skin cancer, such as superficial basal cell carcinoma. The suitability of a specific topical treatment depends on the individual case.

Topical treatments for skin cancer often target abnormal cell growth. Examples include 5-fluorouracil (Efudex) and imiquimod (Aldara), which work to eliminate cancerous cells.