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:
Drugs, doses and schedules vary from person to person.
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.
A clinical trial led by the Society’s NCIC Clinical Trials group found that men with prostate cancer who are treated with intermittent courses of hormone therapy live as long as those receiving continuous therapy.