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Biological therapy for non-melanoma skin cancer
Biological therapy is sometimes used to treat non-melanoma skin cancer. It is also called biotherapy or biological response modifiers (BRMs).
Biological therapy uses natural or manufactured substances to kill, control or change the behaviour of cancer cells. Different types of biological therapies work in different ways.
Biological therapy may be used to treat:
- precancerous conditions (actinic keratosis, Bowen’s disease)
- small, superficial basal cell carcinomas
Drugs, doses and schedules vary from person to person.
Biological therapy drugs
The most common biological therapy drug used to treat non-melanoma skin cancer is imiquimod (Aldara or Zyclara). Imiquimod is a cream that is applied to the skin several times a week.
For more detailed information on specific drugs, go to sources of drug information.
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