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If you have basal cell or squamous cell carcinoma, your dermatologist may recommend topical chemotherapy. This skin cancer treatment is an alternative to surgery and to oral or IV medications that affect the entire body. If your dermatologist recommends topical chemotherapy, here is what you can expect.

Topical chemotherapy is applied directly to the skin in the form of a lotion or ointment. This allows for very localized treatment, so that the impacts on healthy skin are reduced. Likewise, topical treatments don’t enter the bloodstream like other forms of chemotherapy, so they don’t cause the same systemic side effects, like nausea and hair loss. Your dermatologist will review the potential side effects of your treatment with you. In most cases, you must be very conscientious about avoiding sun exposure when you are undergoing topical chemotherapy.

Altman Dermatology is pleased to offer cutting-edge skin cancer treatment in Arlington Heights for carcinoma as well as melanoma. Whether you have a skin lesion you’re concerned about or need acne treatment, we’re here to help. Make an appointment by calling 847-392-5440.

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