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Studies find combination topical immunotherapy has a cure rate above 95%

When I started my practice in 2007, I looked for a low-cost alternative to skin cancer surgery. Dermatologists in Australia, Europe, and the UK were using Imiquimod 5% Cream, sometimes with 5-Fluorouracil, to treat basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma.

Adding Tretinoin 0.1% Cream to the combination, I created "The Shen Cocktail." Tretinoin 0.1% Cream peels the top layer of skin. Imiquimod 5% Cream and 2% 5-Fluorouracil signal an immune response to attack cancerous and precancerous skin cells.

I've used "The Shen Cocktail" on over 5,000 patients over a ten-year period. Researchers at University of Miami have concluded the cure rate for this combination topical immunotherapy is above 95%.

John T. Shen, M.D.

 

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The treatment of Melanoma In Situ with Telemedicine and a Combination of Imiquimod, 5-fluorouracil, and Tretinoin

San Diego Dermatology Symposium (June 11-13 2021)

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San Diego Dermatology Symposium (June 11-13 2021)

A Non-Surgical and Cost-Effective Treatment Approach Employing Topical Imiquimod, 5-Fluorouracil, and Tretinoin for Primary Non-Melanoma Skin Cancers

Journal of Drugs in Dermatology
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Dermatol Ther
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Treating Keratinocyte Carcinomas with a Combination of Imiquimod, 5-fluorouracil, and Tretinoin Using Store-and-forward Telemedicine in the Age of Coronavirus Disease 2019 to Promote Social Distancing

Case Series, Volume 6, Issue 9, Pages 931-934
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Poster presentation at Skin of Color Update 2022 in NYC