How to use chemo cream on my face

Hello-  I had a MOHS surgery on my cheek for a spindle cell carcinoma this past spring.  I have now been prescribed the chemo cream for most of my face b/c I have a lot of pre-cancerous skin issues.  My two questions are 1. I don't remember if my doc said I shouldn't put the cream on my scar--  what do you think?  and 2. I would like to put the cream as close to my hairline as possible to affect the most skin but will this damage my hair?  

Thank you!

  • Hello syoung,

    Thank you for getting in touch with us and welcome to the Online Community.

    We would encourage you to get back in contact with your doctor or hospital team. It’s difficult for us to advise people on how to use their prescribed treatments because we are unable to review you or your situation in person. Double checking this with your hospital team will also give you the reassurance that you need on where to apply the cream.

    We are all so different therefore treatments can affect us differently. Chemotherapy cream shouldn’t cause the same side effects as intravenous chemotherapy. Some people can experience a bit of redness and irritation on the skin from the cream. This tends to settle down once the treatment has stopped. However, for some people it can take a little longer to settle down.

    I’m sorry to see on your profile that you’ve been left terrified from some information you’ve read. Google can be a frightening place to be when you’re going through treatments. We’re only human at the end of the day, and we all turn to Google when we need information quickly. I know this is easier said than done, but, try and avoid Google when you’re looking for medical information as it’s not always reputable, evidence based information that it gives you.

    Please know that you can give us a call on the support line too to chat things over. The nurses are on the support line 7 days a week from 8am-8pm. As well as providing information, we also provide a listening ear.

    We also have our Macmillan Information and Support Centres, where you can pop in for some face to face support from one of our volunteers. They can provide emotional support and signpost you to other services in the local area for support. You can search for your nearest support centre and support groups here.

    Maggie’s is another charity that provides emotional and psychological support online. If there is a Maggie’s centre local to you, you can access face to face support there too. 

    Best wishes and take care,

    Kayleigh-Cancer Information Nurse Specialist
  • Hi and a second welcome to the online community

    I see that you've been given some great information by Kayleigh which I hope will help.

    You might like to join us over in the skin cancer group as it would give you the opportunity to chat to others who are currently using or have used chemotherapy cream.

    If you'd like to join us just click on the link I've created and then choose 'join this group' on the page that opens. You can then introduce yourself and post questions after selecting 'start a discussion' and join in with existing conversations by clicking on 'reply'.

    I'll keep an eye out for you over there.


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