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Three Treatments Slow Skin Cancer

Posted: August 29, 2006

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Left untreated, the patients would be expected to develop 1.7 new facial skin cancers a year.

That's pretty close to what happened in the untreated comparison group. But the treated patients had only 0.04 to 0.22 new skin cancers per year.

"In the ... acid peel arm, one cancer per 26.1 years would be expected, compared with 1 cancer per 6.79 and 4.77 years in the [laser] and [chemo cream] arms, respectively," Hantash and colleagues report.

The untreated comparison group, they calculated, had 1.57 new cancers per year: that is, one new cancer every eight months.

The patients who got the acid peel were much more compliant with treatment, and had fewer side effects than those treated with laser or chemo cream.