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How do medications treat stage 4 basal cell carcinoma?

Usually, medications aren't the first treatment option for stage 4 basal cell carcinoma. Instead, the tumor is usually surgically removed from the skin, or it may be treated with doses of high-energy radiation. If medication is used, it's usually in topical form. These treatments are applied to the skin, and they use chemotherapy drugs that contain strong chemicals that work to kill cancerous cells. However, these medications are usually used for only very superficial tumors, and by the time basal cell carcinoma reaches stage 4, the cancer has often spread too far for this to be an option.

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