Pharmacologic Therapy

Nonsurgical treatment is used frequently for superficial NMSCs. Topical 5-fluorouracil has been used for the treatment of actinic keratoses, superficial BCCs, and SCCs in situ. Fluorouracil interferes with the synthesis of DNA and to a lesser extent RNA by blocking the methylation reaction of deoxyuridylic acid to thymidylic acid, ultimately causing cell death, particularly of more rapidly dividing cells. Topical applications of 5% 5-fluorouracil usually consist of a twice daily dosing for at least 3 to 6 weeks, for up to 12 weeks. Intralesional 5-fluorouracil has also been used suc-

cessfully in treating SCC using 8 weekly injections. Imiquimod cream is another treatment option for actinic keratoses and low-risk NMSC. It is a Toll-like receptor 7 (TLR7) agonist that promotes Th1-type immunity and induces cytokines, including interferon-a. It is FDA-approved for treatment of actinic keratoses and superficial BCC. Response rates of superficial BCC with application of 5% imiquimod cream five times a week for 6 weeks range from 70% to 88%,64 with lower cures for nodular BCC.65 Imiquimod has also been shown to be an effective treatment for SCC in situ; in a placebo-controlled trial, 11 of 15 lesions resolved versus 0 in the placebo-treated group.66 The most common side effects of both 5-fluorouracil and imiquimod are erythema, itching, pain, and crusting that are mild to moderate. Finally, intralesional injection of interferon-a2b three times weekly for 3 weeks has been used to treat BCC, with cure rates up to 97%67

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