The UC Irvine Health Department of Dermatology conducts clinical research studies in therapeutic areas including psoriasis, acne, acne scars, eczema, atopic dermatitis, rosacea, skin cancer, actinic keratosis, hair and nail disorders, fungal disease, hemangioma, port-wine stain, cellulite, skin aging and photoaging, among others. Our researchers also have conducted various light technology trials using the pulsed dye laser, photodynamic therapy, fractionated CO2 laser, and the 1064 nm Nd:YAG laser. For over 25 years, we have been conducting clinical trials with a variety of well-renowned sponsors.
Non-melanoma skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the US, and basal cell carcinoma (BCC) accounts for approximately 80% of these cases. BCC is often curable with surgical removal of the cancerous site, but a small portion of BCC cases are more persistent and lead to advanced BCC. In these cases metastasis has occurred, or surgery and radiation are inappropriate treatments.
This is an observational study for patients with advanced BCC who are receiving standard care therapy. There will be no additional treatments or drugs administered. Participation in the study will add an additional 15-20 minutes to the patient’s already regularly scheduled office visits. Information collected from the study will be used to help better understand BCC and contribute to the research and development of new drugs and therapies.