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Did you know Elisabeth Taylor had a Basal Cell Carcinoma? …

January 9, 2012 5 comments

… She had one removed from her cheek in 2002 apparently, as I discovered today.  Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) doesn’t discriminate: whoever you are, whatever your background, it can take hold if you’re not careful in the sun!

And, did you know that George Bush Senior used Efudex to treat pre-cancerous growths? I didn’t but the photo below allegedly shows the effect it had on his face. Just goes to show how extreme the effects of this treatment can be! Poor man.  I’m glad I didn’t have to go out in public looking like that as the skin on my nose never got quite that bad; a bit crusty in places yes but not quite as ‘angry’ looking as this.

Efudix and George Bush

Efudix takes hold on George Bush Senior's face.

Having gone through Efudix treatment, and come out the other end, has made me very reflective and driven my desire to find out as much as I can about Basal Cell Carcinoma, its causes and treatments.  And, in doing so, I came across this presentation which gives a good overview of the condition and talks about the different types of BCC. Worth a look.  Also, I’ve found this video showing the Mohs micro-graphic procedure being undertaken on a patient’s face. Not for the squeamish but lets you see in detail what the procedure entails. I had my BCC removed by Mohs and it helped (after the event, it must be said. I don’t think I could have gone through with the op if I’d seen this beforehand!) to understand how the specialist who performed my procedure was able to ascertain quite how much skin and tissue to cut out. A rather scientific and seemingly accurate process for ascertaining the degree of spread of a Basal Cell Carcinoma.

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Another Efudex photo and another smile!

December 16, 2011 2 comments
Fluroracil Efudex treatment follow-up for Basal Cell Carcinoma on nose

Another smile at the wonders of Efudix cream!

A big, big picture and a big smile! Okay, so my nose still looks a little pink but the scabs have now fully gone and my nose no longer itches. And I’m happy that my Efudix journey is all but at an end. Who would have thought, looking at this, that just a few days ago my nose was red, blotchy and crusty from the Efudix Fluorouracil cream. It’s a strange substance – it took a week to take hold, reeked havoc on my nose when it did and within a few days of stopping the treatment, my skin’s approaching something near normal.

So, hopefully now any pre-cancerous skin cells that were on my nose have been killed off and my nose is taking its time to recover from the assault of the Efudix cream.  I can’t wait to have a facial and really treat my poor old nose.

I’ve no idea how long it’s going to take before my nose returns to the colour it was pre-Efudex – my dermatologist said is dependent on the severity of the reaction.  Whilst the reaction I experienced seemed severe to me, it clearly wasn’t – I’ve seen photos of others who have had much more startling results – so I hope full recovery isn’t too far off. I go back to see my dermatolgist in late February so he can check the healing of my Basal Cell Carcinoma scar and to discuss the Efudex effects. That seems like a long way off at the moment so, in the meantime, I’m going to treat my poor old nose with a little tlc …

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