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Is PDT effective for basal cell carcinomas on face? I have found mixed answers.

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PDT for basal cells on the face

PDT is not effective for treating basal cell cancers unless they are exceptionally shallow and could have been treated with a currette. If the cancer is at all deeper or more invasive it must be removed surgically (through excision or Mohs). PDT really should be used for pre-cancerous sites or actinic keratosis.

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