Treatments for Sun-Damaged Skin Sacramento CA

Fluorouracil is used to treat cancers of the colon, head and neck, pancreas and other organs in Sacramento. 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.

Thomas H King, MD
(916) 734-6111
3301 C St Ste 1300
Sacramento, CA
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Dermatology
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Medical School: Univ Of Ok Coll Of Med, Oklahoma City Ok 73190
Graduation Year: 1978

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Melissa Anne Reyes
(916) 734-6795
3301 C St
Sacramento, CA
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Dermatology

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Chai Sue Lee
(916) 734-6111
3301 C St
Sacramento, CA
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Dermatology

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Karin Aberg, MD
(916) 734-6795
3301 C St Ste 1400
Sacramento, CA
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Dermatology
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Graduation Year: 2007

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Kilmer, Suzanne L MD - Laser Skin Surgery Center
(916) 456-0400
3835 J St
Sacramento, CA
 
Janis Jessica Mc Clain, MD
3160 Folsom Blvd
Sacramento, CA
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Dermatology
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Female
Education
Medical School: Stanford Univ Sch Of Med, Stanford Ca 94305
Graduation Year: 1979

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Natalie Lesia Semchyshyn, MD
(916) 456-0400
3835 J St
Sacramento, CA
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Dermatology
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Female
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Medical School: Columbia Univ Coll Of Physicians And Surgeons, New York Ny 10032
Graduation Year: 1999

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Emanual Michael Maverakis
(916) 734-6371
3301 C St
Sacramento, CA
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Dermatology

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Creehan E Patrick MD
(916) 454-6039
2801 K St, Ste 235
Sacramento, CA
 
Suzanne Linsmeier Kilmer, MD
(916) 456-0400
3835 J St
Sacramento, CA
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Dermatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, Davis, Sch Of Med, Davis Ca 95616
Graduation Year: 1987
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Hospital: Sutter Med Ctr -Santa Rosa, Santa Rosa, Ca; Sutter Gen Hosp, Sacramento, Ca; University Of California -Dav, Sacramento, Ca; Mercy Gen Hosp, Sacramento, Ca
Group Practice: Laser & Skin Surgery Ctr

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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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