Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) is the commonest form of all cancers. It is a skin cancer
mostly seen is white skin, particularly those with pale skin and blue eyes. BCC is
often known as rodent ulcer.
The appearance of basal cell carcinoma can be quite varied. The different appearances
include nodular BCC. pigmented BCC, superficial BCC, morphoeic BCC.
Treatment of BCC
Skin Surgery - The usual treatment for BCCs other than small tumours or those with
the superficial pattern.
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) - A treatment carried out at Shropshire
Skin Clinic over 2 sessions 1 week apart. Most suited for superficial or small BCCs
Topical Immunotherapy - Using imiquimod cream (Aldara®) over a six week period. Most
suited to superficial or small BCCs
Radiotherapy - This treatment is usually reserved for older patients with larger
skin cancers difficult to treat with surgery. This type of treatment is generally
carried out in NHS cancer centres. When Dr Murdoch sees patients requiring this type
of treatment he will discuss the case with the radiotherapy doctors from the Royal
Shrewsbury Hospital at the local skin cancer multidisciplinary meeting and onward
referral will be arranged.
Cryotherapy - This freezing treatment has been popular for small or superficial skin
cancers for many years. Dr Murdoch believes that this treatment is now largely outdated
by the options outlined above and would seldom use this treatment for BCC in his