Fluorouracil (5-FU) for Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer
How Well It Works
This medicine works well for treating superficial actinic keratosis.Reference 2 If you have superficial basal cell carcinoma or Reference squamous cell carcinoma in situ Opens New Window and surgery is not possible, your doctor may suggest treatment with 5-FU cream.
Studies show a clearance rate of 90% when 5-FU cream is used to treat superficial basal cell carcinoma and 27% to 85% when this cream is used to treat squamous cell carcinoma in situ.Reference 3 Treatment with 5-FU does not usually cause scarring.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: October 2, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Amy McMichael, MD - Dermatology