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How do other illnesses affect stage 4 basal cell carcinoma?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Because stage 4 basal cell carcinoma has begun to spread throughout the body, other illnesses may be more of a threat to people with this condition. Stage 4 basal cell carcinoma may affect the skin, surrounding tissue, lymph nodes, and distant organs. People with stage 4 basal cell carcinoma may also have weakened immune systems, since that's one of the risk factors. Certain treatments, especially surgery or radiation therapy, may also weaken the immune system and make people more open to infection or other illnesses.

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