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Topical Treatments for Skin Cancer

Discover Manningham Skin Cancer Clinic’s Non-Surgical Solutions For Skin Cancer Treatment

What Is A Topical Treatment For Skin Cancer?

A topical treatment for skin cancer is a form of non-surgical treatment that involves the application of medications directly onto the skin. These treatments are designed to target and eliminate cancerous or precancerous cells without invasive procedures or general anesthesia.

The topical treatment usually is cream or gels con­taining either chemother­a­py or immunother­a­py drugs and must only be used on the spe­cif­ic area, and they can only be pre­scribed by a doc­tor and admin­is­tered under their supervision.

Manningham Skin Cancer Clinic provides comprehensive and professional skin cancer services, including topical treatments. 

Topical Treatments For Skin Cancer

Imiquimod Cream

What is Imiquimod Cream?

Imiquimod is a topical cream that stimulates the body’s immune system to target and eliminate abnormal skin cells.

How does it work?

The cream works by activating the immune cells in the skin, leading to the destruction of precancerous or cancerous cells.

Which types of skin cancer can it treat?

Imiquimod Cream is commonly used to treat superficial basal cell carcinoma and certain types of pre-cancerous skin lesions, known as actinic keratoses.

What to expect?

You may experience skin redness, irritation, or flaking at the application site during treatment. Following your dermatologist’s instructions for proper usage and application frequency is essential.


Following application, it’s important to protect the treated area from sunlight and follow the prescribed application routine.

5-Fluorouracil Cream

What is 5-Fluorouracil Cream?

5-Fluorouracil is a topical medication that works by interfering with the growth of abnormal skin cells.

How does it work?

This cream disrupts the growth of cancerous or precancerous cells by inhibiting their ability to multiply.

Which types of skin cancer can it treat?

5-Fluorouracil Cream can effectively treat actinic keratoses, superficial basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma in situ.

What to expect?

During the treatment period, redness, irritation, and crusting of the skin at the application site are common.


Following treatment, proper wound care and sun protection are essential to aid in the healing process and prevent potential complications.

Other General Considerations

Each treatment’s effectiveness can vary; consultation with a healthcare professional is crucial to determine the most suitable approach. Other general tips patients need to consider when applying a topical treatment include the following: 

  • Apply the prescribed treatment only to the designated area as instructed by the specialist.
  • Avoid contact with your eyes, nose, or mouth when applying the cream. The doctor will provide specific guidance on proper application methods if your treatment involves these areas.
  • In case of severe side effects, contact the doctor or medical team immediately for assistance.

Which Topical Skin Treatment Is Right For You? 

Selecting the appropriate topical skin treatment depends on various factors, including the type of skin cancer, its stage, and the patient’s health. 

A comprehensive evaluation and diagnosis by a qualified specialist will help determine the most suitable treatment for the patient’s condition.

Skin Cancer Can Be Scary, But You’re Not Alone.

In Australia, due to the high exposure to UV and sun, 2 out of 3 people get diagnosed with skin cancer before the age of 70. That’s why prevention and early detection are key to a prosperous treatment. 

Navigating a skin cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming, but seeking timely medical advice and adhering to recommended treatments can significantly improve outcomes. Manningham Skin Cancer Clinic is here to support you throughout your journey to recovery

Early Detection Is The Best Prevention – Book An Appointment Today.

Regular skin check-ups are essential in preventing skin cancer, while early detection is important to treat skin cancer quickly. 

The ADCDE parameters help to provide early signs of concern: 

  • A for Asymmetry: If one half of the mole looks different from the other, you should take note. 
  • B for Border: Look for irregular edges on your mole. 
  • C for Colour: Variations in hue within the mole’s surface could cause concern. 
  • D for Diameter: Moles larger than 6 millimetres should be flagged as potentially problematic. 
  • E for Evolving: Any changes in size, shape, or colour over time are worth attention to. 

Schedule an appointment with a specialist today for a consultation, mole mapping, skin check or other skin service. 

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