A couple of years ago, a woman in her 90s came to see Dr. Ann Nichols at her office. Dr. Nichols is a skin cancer expert, and the woman had large lesions of extensive disbursement on both legs. This patient was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma which is a form of skin cancer.
In many cases, squamous cell carcinoma can be treated by surgically removing the lesions or by using radiation therapy. These were not options for this patient as her tumors were too large and spread over too great an area.
In order to find help for her patient, Dr. Nichols consulted with Dr. Tim Ioannides. Tim also plays an important role in educating future dermatologists in dermatologic surgery and reconstructive surgery as a Voluntary Associate Professor at the University of Miami School of Medicine.
He is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Society for Mohs Surgery. Dr. Tim Ioannides was aware that recent research has shown that the human papilloma virus (HPV) may be responsible for cases of squamous cell carcinoma.
Dr. Tim Ioannides suggested that the patient’s tumors and lesions be directly injected with the Gardasil vaccine for HPV. This is an off-label usage as the drug is only approved for use as a vaccine.
At first, the patient was given two doses of the vaccine in her arm at six week intervals. Later, the tumors were injected directly four times over a period of 11 months. After 11 months, the patient’s squamous cell carcinoma was completely cleared. She is now in the 24th month of remission. Refer to This Article to learn more.
By thinking outside the box, and being aware of the latest research, Dr. Tim Ioannides was able to help his colleague find a solution to the cancer that was destroying the life of a woman in her 90s.