Skin Cancer Treatments

After a diagnosis of skin cancer treatments are usually the next topic of discussion. They vary greatly, everything from natural to conventional.

Various Skin Cancer Treatments

Surgery

Depending on the type, severity and location of the cancer, different types of surgery are used, and it's the most common as well. Micrographic surgery is probably the most effective technique for removing the two most common skin cancers, Basal Cell Carcinoma and Squamous Cell Carcinoma. This surgery has the ability to spare a high amount of healthy tissue while at the same time, ridding the area of cancer cells. This is done by removing one thin layer of tissue at a time, carefully examining each layer under a microscope for the presence of cancer cells. The procedure is repeated until the final tissue sample shows no signs of cancer. Special stains are used to detect very tiny melanoma cells, making them easier to see, so this type of surgery is also very effective against certain types of that form of skin cancer.

Chemotherapy

  • topical
    Topical chemotherapy is one of the skin cancer treatments employed when the affected area is very large. Medication in lotion, gel or cream form that attempts to destroy cancer cells is applied directly to the skin. Side effects can include redness, swelling, itching, and burning.

  • oral/intravenous
    In advanced cases, like advanced squamous cell carcinoma, chemotherapy may consist of medication(s) taken intravenously (through a vein). This method of chemo may cause nausea and vomiting, fatigue, hair loss and other symptoms. Side effects such as these usually disappear after completion of treatment.

    Radiation

    Most often reserved for use in older adults, as it may lead to other skin cancers in younger people as they age, Radiation utilizes high-energy rays (like x-rays) to destroy or shrink the cancer cells. This procedure requires multiple visits to a facility for treatment and the skin cancer is destroyed little by little. Radiation therapy may be used in combination with other types of skin cancer treatments to treat aggressive or recurrent skin cancer. This method may be used if other procedures are not recommended due to the patient's age or other health problems, for skin cancers that are too large or deep to be treated with surgery, or for skin cancers in areas such as the eyelids, ears, or nose that are not easily treated with surgery. Radiation may also relieve symptoms but not cure the skin cancer (palliative treatment).
    Risks of radiation therapy skin cancer treatments include skin atrophy (skin shrinks and wastes away,) damage to healthy skin (cutaneous necrosis), and development of new skin cancers in the area around the treated area.
    Side effects of radiation therapy include fatigue, temporary or permanent hair loss, dry skin, itchy skin, red skin, nausea and vomiting. Recovery time may vary depending on the site treated and the amount of radiation used.

    Homeopathy

    Alternative therapies and skin cancer treatments are often overlooked or pooh-poohed by the general population. this salve is one, as well as Essential Oils like Frankincense. Homeopathy is one of the most popular holistic systems of medicine, and the remedy selected is based upon the theory of individualization and symptoms similarity using a holistic approach. The goal of homeopathic skin cancer treatments is not only to treat the skin cancer, but to get to the root cause and address individual susceptibility. For personalized remedy selection and treatment, the patient should visit with a qualified homeopathic doctor. Some important remedies for homeopathic treatment of skin cancer include things like nitric acid, sulphur, silicea, belladonna and more. The ICRF is one of the premier alternative cancer treatment research organizations. Please support their research. http://www.new-cancer-treatments.org/

    Nutrition

    The use of vitamins and supplements is another one of the skin cancer treatments. A mineral ascorbate form of Vitamin C can be effective, as it is thought to act as a prooxidant inside the cancerous cell. Your body can also benefit from the use of antioxidants, which work to deactivate free radicals. Without them, an oxidation process takes place and that allows carcinogens to enter into normal cells. Selenium can help to protect cells from chemicals and viruses that are cancer-causing.  15-20 minutes of sunlight daily provides you with the best source of Vitamin D, which helps your body process Calcium.  Too much of this vitamin could lead to hypercalcemia. Vitamin E can change new cancerous cells back into normal, healthy cells. Vitamin C can help to stop cancer from spreading. Vitamin A can aid in the maintenance of healthy skin, and protect skin cells from lighting damage. 

    Immunotherapy

    Immunotherapy, one of the newest skin cancer treatments, attempts to target and kill cancerous cells via manipulation of the body's immune system, basically immunize a patient's body against its own cancer. Some researchers treat advanced melanoma cases with vaccines, while others use drugs like Interferon and Interleukin-2 to attempt to stimulate immune cells into aggressively attacking cells affected by melanoma. Genetic manipulation of melanoma tumors might make them more vulnerable to attack by the body's immune system.

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