Flouroucil treatment

Eight years after having a small basil/squamous cut off my left cheek, I complained to my GP that I was worried about similarly affected parts of my face. He seemed pretty unconcerned, but allowed that If I was worried I should see a specialist.

The specialist found and removed another small section from my arm, but insisted that I use the Fluorouacil treatment on my face - all over my face. She said that I might experience some redness and then some scaling, and then it would all be over in about a month.

Two days into the application the redness began. Five days into the treatment there were a lot of deeply red areas, and they were quite tender - couldn't pull a tee shirt over my head, it really hurt.

Ten days, now, the tenderness seems to have leveled off, and I have started to use mineral oil based cream after an hour to soften my skin.

This is an uncomfortable procedure, definitely! And I am only part of the way through.

I feel that the skin specialist was derelict in not telling me clearly how to use the cream, what to expect, and what to do in case of difficulty. Worse, the several pages of instructions did not address these issues.

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Skin cancer treatment with Flouroucil Cream
by: Anonymous

I am on day 7 using the Flouroucil treatment and after the first 2 days on my face the outer edge along the hairline began to break out and burn and day by day it has spread all over my face and neckline where I have applied it.

It has been very uncomfortable and looks very scary.

I was instructed by my dermotologist that I should continue the 2x a day for another week.

The burning, itching, redness and scaliness it very hard to handle. It keeps me awake at night so with very little sleep

I am very tired and ready to quit but I want to make it through so I can get the full benefit of the use.

I just hope that if I get through the next 7 days it will clear up easier to handle that putting it on.

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Hi! My name is Nick and I’m 56 yrs. old and this is part of my story. Let me tell you, I was like a lot of people out there and I had no idea that skin cancer was anything bad. I had Basal cell back in 2007, but that was no big deal and it was removed and that was the end of that. No one told me that it was a type of skin cancer (I looked it up on my computer). But still no big deal, it would not kill me.
But I did know the word "Melanoma"....." --by Nick

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