Compounding Medications

doctor holding medication

What Is Compounding Medication?

Compounding medication for skin cancer involves the personalized formulation of medications to meet the unique needs of individual patients. In the context of skin cancer treatment, compounding allows healthcare providers to tailor medications to specific skin types, conditions, and the characteristics of a patient’s cancer.

What Are The Types of Compound Medication?

Compounded medications for skin cancer can take various forms, including topical creams or ointments, allowing for targeted and effective delivery of active ingredients directly to the affected areas. This method ensures that patients receive a treatment plan uniquely suited to their skin cancer diagnosis, contributing to enhanced therapeutic outcomes and patient satisfaction.


Before PDT

  • Recent evidence suggests that using high-dose oral vitamin D for 7 days before the treatment may enhance the effectiveness of topical PDT.
  • Creams like urea or salicylic acid can be used for a week to remove thickened skin and help the drug penetrate better


  • You skin will be cleaned and prepped. Some thickened lesions may be scrapped. 
  • Photosensitising agent (Aminolevulinic acid) is applied to the affected area.


  • The photosensitising agent will concentrate in the cancer cells, it usually takes 1 to 3 hours.


    • A laser or non-laser light is directed onto the treated area.
    • The treatment lasts for a certain duration, typically 20-30 minutes with artificial light or 2 hours with daylight.
  • Side effects from PDT are due to the treated area being sensitive to light. The photosensitivity usually lasts about 24 hours (depending on the specific agent). Side effects may include -

    • Burning/stinging sensation
    • Swelling and redness
    • Crusting
    • Itchiness
    • Peeling and blisters
    • Skin infections.

    The treated skin lesion may blister and ulcerate as the cancer cells die off. This may take 1-2 weeks to heal.

    Depending on the type of lesion being treated and the photosensitising chemical used, a 2nd cycle of treatment may be given 7–10 days later.


Book in for a skin consultation with Dr Tina for an individualised treatment plan.  Your best treatment will often depend on your age, gender, triggers and causes of your condition.

Dr Tina can advise on a combination including:

  • Cryotherapy
  • Biopsies
  • Excisions
  • Photodynamic Therapy
  • Ablative Laser for Skin Cancer
  • Compounding Medication

Schedule a Consultation

Call us on 07 3852 4878 or simply book an appointment