Vismodegib (Erivedge®) is a FDA approved targeted therapy for metastatic basal cell carcinomas and basal cell carcinomas that are not amenable to surgery or radiation. Vismodegib works by binding a protein called Smoothened (SMO) to inactivate the hedgehog signaling pathway.
Electrodessication and curettage is a procedure performed in the office setting by dermatologists and other physiciations for treatment of pre-cancers and skin cancers. The procedure consists of scraping and "burning" away the unwanted growth.
Teledermatology is a new model of dermatologic health care delivery where the dermatologist and patient utilize the computer or wireless devices to facilitate the visit interaction. There are two methods; one is the store-and-forward method and the other is the live-interactive method.
Mohs micrographic surgery is a type of surgery performed on the skin and named after the surgeon Dr. Frederic Mohs. It is most commonly used for skin cancers on the head and neck, but also for other high risk skin cancers. The skin cancer is removed layer by layer. Each layer is examined under a microscope, and the procedure continues until the surgeon has verified the skin cancer has been removed in its entirety.
Lichen planopilaris is a relatively rare cause of hair loss (alopecia) and is categorized as a scarring alopecia. This article reviews the symptoms, causes, diagnosis, and treatment of this condition.
Gorlin Syndrome, aka Nevoid Basal Cell Carcinoma Syndrome or Gorlin-Goltz Syndrome, is an inherited condition which is characterized by numerous basal cell carcinomas of the skin along with other findings such as palmar pitting, skeletal abnormalities, and other tumors. This condition is inherited in an autosomal dominant pattern.
Infantile hemangiomas are growths that appear at birth or shortly after birth. They are made of blood vessels and often have a life cycle of their own. Infantile hemangiomas are often treated when they occur in certain locations or when complications arise.
Androgenetic alopecia is the most common form of hair loss and is also known as male pattern baldness, male pattern hair loss, or female pattern hair loss depending on the gender of the patient.
Laser hair removal is an increasingly popular method of hair removal. Special lasers are used to remove dark, unwanted hairs. Although laser hair removal is offered in a variety of settings by a variety of practitioners, it is important to choose a practitioner experienced in this procedure as unwanted complications can occur.
You may have heard buzzwords such as personalized medicine or targeted therapy which hold the promise to better treatments for hard to cure diseases. In the