Chemotherapy in a tube

April 3, 2009 5:08:25 PM PDT
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S., but now there are new treatment options, including "chemotherapy in a tube." Lou Jackson is constantly finding skin cancers and pre-cancers on his face, even three melanomas.

"They would freeze them, cut them off , burn 'em, whatever, but every 90 days, I was guaranteed something was gonna pop up somewhere," he said.

Finally, he tried a cream that's kind of like chemotherapy in a tube. It brought out pre-cancers all over his face, and then healed them.

"After 14 days, we stopped the treatment," he said. "Ten days later, I was back with no lesions whatsoever."

The cream is called Carac and it removes pre-cancers with no scar and no knife.

Doctors say this is not the first cream to treat skin cancer, but this one is different and it may be worth you taking a look at it.

Aldera is a newer cancer killing cream. It removes basal cell skin cancer by boosting your immune system to kill the cancer cells. It takes six weeks and though there are no scars and no knives, it's not an easy treatment.

But if you have skin cancer or pre-cancers, now you have some options.

"If it's just one or two pre-cancerous lesions, I think freezing is probably a better way to go because it's quicker and you get it over and done with," said Baylor Dermatologist Dr. Ida Orengo. "If you're treating multiple ones, though, I really think the creams are better."

The creams treat a wider area, but you look bad while it's healing. If the skin cancer is a bump, Orengo says it should be cut out.

"If you actually have a bump, a lump, then you want surgery," she said. "You don't want the creams."

And melanoma must be cut out. But for Jackson's pre-cancers, 'chemo in a tube' worked just fine.

"I think it's great," said Jackson. "I'd just like for other people to give it a try."

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