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How do medications treat squamous cell carcinoma?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Usually, medications aren't the first line of treatment for squamous cell carcinoma. Instead, surgical removal of the growth is generally the first thing doctors try. If medications are used, it's usually through topical chemotherapy. To treat very shallow squamous cell carcinomas, chemotherapy drugs may be applied to the skin to kill cancerous cells. However, since these medications can cause significant side effects, talk to your doctor about this treatment option.

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