Treatments for Sun-Damaged Skin Modesto CA

Fluorouracil is used to treat cancers of the colon, head and neck, pancreas and other organs in Modesto. Changes in skin appearance have been noted in people undergoing treatment with systemic fluorouracil, and this led to the development of a skin cream that contains the cancer drug.

John L Warwick MD
(209) 579-9930
205 W Granger Ave
Modesto, CA
 
Shirley Lynne Van, MD
(209) 526-2242
1729 Tully Rd Ste 10
Modesto, CA
Specialties
Dermatology
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Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Miami Sch Of Med, Miami Fl 33101
Graduation Year: 1982

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Wagner Gary MD MS FAAD
(209) 571-3376
1500 Mchenry Ave
Modesto, CA
 
Gary Wagner
(209) 571-3376
1500 Mchenry Ave
Modesto, CA
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Dermatology

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Donald Richard Mc Meekin, MD
(760) 674-1566
1429 College Ave
Modesto, CA
Specialties
Dermatology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Southern Ca Sch Of Med, Los Angeles Ca 90033
Graduation Year: 1962

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Dermatology Affiliates Medical Group
(209) 524-9481
1324 Nelson Ave, Ste B
Modesto, CA
 
Gary Wagner, MD
(209) 571-3376
1500 McHenry Ave
Modesto, CA
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, Irvine, Ca Coll Of Med, Irvine Ca 92717
Graduation Year: 1971

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Thomas Lathrop Hall, MD
(209) 577-3388
1541 Florida Ave Ste 200
Modesto, CA
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Co Sch Of Med, Denver Co 80262
Graduation Year: 1978

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Robert G Walton, MD
(209) 524-9481
1324 Nelson Ave Ste B
Modesto, CA
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of London Fac Med-Charing Cross Hosp (917-07 Eff 1/71)
Graduation Year: 1945

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Daniel Jerome Trozak, MD
(209) 526-4384
1444 Florida Ave Ste 201
Modesto, CA
Specialties
Dermatology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mi Med Sch, Ann Arbor Mi 48109
Graduation Year: 1966

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Treatments for Sun-Damaged Skin

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MONDAY, June 15 (HealthDay News) -- Applying the chemotherapy drug fluorouracil to skin might help improve the appearance of sun-damaged areas and reduce potentially precancerous patches, according to a small, new study.

Fluorouracil is used to treat cancers of the colon, head and neck, pancreas and other organs. Changes in skin appearance have been noted in people undergoing treatment with systemic fluorouracil, and this led to the development of a skin cream that contains the cancer drug.

The new study included 21 healthy volunteers with sun-damaged skin and actinic keratoses -- skin lesions that could develop into skin cancer -- on their faces. The participants applied 5 percent fluorouracil cream to their faces twice daily for two weeks.

The researchers said that the number of actinic keratoses declined from an average of 11.6 lesions per person to an average of 1.5 lesions. There were also improvements in aging-related damage, including wrinkling and dark skin spots.

The study, funded by Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, was published in the June issue of the journal Archives of Dermatology.

"For patients in whom a course of topical fluorouracil is indicated for the treatment of actinic keratoses, there will likely be the additional benefit of a restorative effect from sun damage; this may provide further motivation for these patients to undergo the rigorous treatment," concluded Dr. Dana L. Sachs, of the University of Michigan Medical School, and colleagues.

"It is possible that for some patients topical fluorouracil may have an important role against photo-aging," they wrote. "For others, however, it may not be cosmetically acceptable given that a standard course of therapy may last two to three weeks and the ensuring reaction can persist for several more weeks. Undoubtedly, there will be patients who desire a therapy such as topical fluorouracil for cosmetic purposes given the relatively low cost of this therapy compared with ablative laser resurfacing."

More information

The U.S. National Cancer Institute offers skin cancer prevention tips.

SOURCE: JAMA/Archives journals, news release, June 15, 2009

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