Which BCC treatment produces the best cosmetic outcome?
Identifying the best of the many available treatments for primary basal cell carcinoma of the skin is hampered by a lack of data on their comparative effectiveness, according to a review.
The lack of evidence is surprising, says the study's lead author Dr Aaron Drucker, citing a common intervention for primary basal cell carcinoma (BCC).
“Electrodesiccation and curettage (EDC) is one of the most commonly used treatments for BCC on the chest and back, but we found there were no clinical trials investigating its use on these locations," says Dr Drucker from Alpert Medical School of Brown University, US, and the University of Toronto, Canada.
Management strategies depend on patient factors, tumour factors and the availability and cost of healthcare resources.
Surgical removal is widely considered to be the gold standard, but the relative efficacy and safety of various