Basal Cell Carcinoma

  • D. S. Sarnoff
  • G. L. Peck
Part of the UICC International Union Against Cancer book series (UICCI)


There are many excellent methods for the effective treatment of a primary basal cell carcinoma (BCC), the most common of which are (1) curettage and electrodesiccation (C and D), (2) cryosurgery using liquid nitrogen (3) radiation therapy, and (4) surgical excision with primary closure or resurfacing using skin flaps or skin grafts (1–9). The choice of initial therapy for a BCC depends on numerous factors, including its anatomic location, size, clinical characteristics, histologic features, age and medical condition of the patient, anticipated cosmetic result, previous treatment history, and comfort, duration, and cost of treatment. It has been reported that the cure rates with each of the four standard modalities mentioned above approach 95% for simple, primary BCC. Although all of these methods can effectively destroy BCC, in certain situations one method may be preferable to the others.


Basal Cell Carcinoma Nevoid Basal Cell Carcinoma Syndrome Superficial Basal Cell Carcinoma Uninvolved Tissue Metastatic Basal Cell Carcinoma 
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  • D. S. Sarnoff
  • G. L. Peck

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