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Skin Patch Cures Skin Cancer

Wednesday, 13 June 2012 01:10 PM

A newly developed skin patch has been found to effectively cure basal cell skin cancer – the most common form of the disease – providing an alternative to surgery, radiation and hospitalization.
In a presentation at the Society of Nuclear Medicine's 2012 Annual Meeting in Miami this week, Indian researchers said a study of the patch’s effectiveness demonstrated it completely destroyed facial skin cancer tumors in 80 percent of patients treated.
"The study is important for the field of nuclear medicine as it opens a new dimension in the field of therapeutic nuclear medicine and dermatology, especially for the treatment of skin malignancies," said lead researcher Priyanka Gupta, of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi.
"For patients, it is beneficial because it is a simple, inexpensive and convenient procedure that does not require them to be admitted to the hospital. This may become the standard procedure for treating basal cell carcinoma or serve as an alternative when surgery and radiotherapy are not possible."
Gupta said the study involved 10 patients -- aged 32 to 74 years -- with facial basal cell carcinoma lesions near the eyes, the nose and forehead. They were treated with custom-made patches, which deliver concentrated spot-treatment doses of radiation, over a seven-day period.
Researchers found the patches effectively treated the tumor cells without harming other areas of healthy skin on the face. Biopsies taken at three months and repeated within three years after treatment found that eight out of 10 patients were entirely cured and cancer free.
Further research will need to be conducted before the patch can be provided for general clinical use to treat basal cell carcinoma and similar superficial skin cancers, but researchers said the therapy could be ideal for patients with skin cancers that are difficult to operate on, especially if skin grafting after surgery would be a challenge.
They noted there are two main types of skin cancer: melanoma, the most serious form, and nonmelanoma cancer, such as basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common and affects the surface layer of the skin.
According to the World Health Organization, between two and three million nonmelanoma skin cancers develop each year. In the United States, one in five Americans will develop the disease at some point in their lives.

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