If you suffer from actinic keratosis, basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma that resists traditional treatment methods, Metvix in combination with light therapy may be able to help.
What is Metvix?
Metvix is a topical cream photosynthesizer, meaning that it is a medication that is activated by light. It is used in combination with either photodynamic therapy or sun exposure to treat a variety of disorders associated with skin cancer, as well as some types of skin cancer.
What does it Treat?
Metvix is used in combination with photodynamic therapy to treat actinic keratosis on the face and scalp, as well as certain types of basal and squamous cell carcinomas. It can also be used to treat certain cases of Bowen’s disease.
Metvix is most commonly used as an effective alternative for treating these skin conditions when other treatments are considered unsuitable.
How Does it Work?
Once the Metvix is applied, it is absorbed by damaged skin cells. Then, once Metvix is activated by a light source, it kills these damaged cells. Depending upon what condition is treated, the light source will either be from a photodynamic device or the sun. Because the cream is only put on the affected areas, the surrounding, healthy skin is left unharmed.
Are there any Side-Effects?
Side effects associated with Metvix are fairly common. More than 1 in 10 people who use Metvix experience skin pain, burning, reddening, or scabbing at the site of treatment. Fortunately, these symptoms usually aren’t severe, and subside within a few weeks of treatment. Less common side effects include bleeding, tingling, infection, blistering, swelling, or flaking of the skin.
If you experience swelling of the face, tongue, or throat, rash, or difficulty breathing, stop taking Metvix immediately and contact your doctor.
Who is a Good Candidate for Metvix?
If you have a case of actinic keratosis, basal cell carcinoma, or squamous cell carcinoma that has not responded well to other treatments, Metvix may be right for you. However, patients that have any of the following conditions may not be suited to Metvix:
- “Thick” actinic keratosis
- Large lesions caused by Bowen’s disease
- A case of Bowen’s disease caused by exposure to arsenic
- A history of high-blood pressure
As with any medication, it’s important to be entirely open with your doctor about your past medical history. They will discuss this, as well as your current medical condition, in order to determine if Metvix is a good fit for you.
Contact Laser Health Works today to schedule your initial consultation and get started on the road to clear, healthy, worry-free skin.