• Has anyone had radiation therapy for Basal Cell. My doctor said this is an option since the cancer is located just above my lip.

    Asked by aj1969 on Tuesday, February 28, 2012

    Has anyone had radiation therapy for Basal Cell. My doctor said this is an option since the cancer is located just above my lip.

    The doctor also said there is a chance that the cancer is in my lip as well. If so, what was it like? What kind of side effects did you have if any?

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    • BCCNSMOM's Avatar

      Depending on the width, depth, and type of BCC, you definitely have several options, including: Mohs surgery; Photodynamic therapy, with a topical like Levulan by Dusa Pharma; Aldara, a topical treatment. But location, location, location are big determinents.

      In some cases, radiation in counter indicative, as it can damage mucous membranes, the back of the throat, etc.

      Is your doctor a dermatologist, or oncologist? What is the size of the lesion . . . pencil eraser size, dime, quarter? How long have you had it? When one considers treatment, the answers to the questions may influence the type of treatment. I had one above the lip removed with MOHS surgery, then treated with PDT after the reconstruction. An oral maxillofacial surgeon may be able to do a good job on the lip repair which requires not only a good surgeon, but a good artist. I did mine with a plastic surgeon specializing in Clefts, just for the very reason that she does them daily, and has significant skills in the area of flaps, to fill in the resulting lesion. You are not alone . . . and they can work miracles.

      over 4 years ago
    • Ryeman's Avatar

      Try Curaderm, it worked for me. Cheaper than radiation, burning or cutting. Eats root and all without harming normal skin.

      about 4 years ago
    • Redd's Avatar

      I had Moh's surgery for an area under my right nares that was about a pencil eraser size but started increasing in area. I had this for 4 years. I had to travel due to no one near the area I live does Moh's surgery. It was a good 2 hour trip. (Suppose to be 1 1/2 but with the traffic, I never made it in less than 2 hours.)
      I went to a Skin Surgery Center and received wonderful care.
      I had to return to "The Procedure" chair, because they did not get it all. When they finally had it ALL, I then had to have the area closed. Therefore, another incision to obtain some skin to graft in the area.
      Yes, I have a scar.... I personally do not think it looks too awful bad. It sure looks better than the cancer did.
      My best to you in your treatment. And God Bless.

      about 4 years ago
    • Redd's Avatar

      aj1969.... How are you and HOW is treatment going? My BCC was under Right nares as I mentioned and I did post a pic status post MOHS surgery. (VERY MINIMAL SCAR.... I am very impressed with results....) Before surgery the area was pencil eraser size or a little bigger.... and growing quickly ... I had had it for 3 plus years before biopsy.

      almost 4 years ago

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