Fluorouracil (5-FU) for Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer
How It Works
Fluorouracil (5-FU) is an anticancer medicine that works by slowing or stopping cell growth. The medicine interferes with the ability of abnormal cells to grow on the skin's top layer.
5-FU is usually applied once or twice daily for several weeks. It works by causing a painful irritation in Reference actinic keratosis Opens New Window or a skin cancer. Successful treatment results in the specific areas of diseased skin becoming inflamed and crusting as the abnormal cells die.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: October 2, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Amy McMichael, MD - Dermatology