Treatment of squamous cell carcinoma in situ of the penis with 5% imiquimod cream: a case report

J Am Acad Dermatol. 2002 Oct;47(4 Suppl):S225-8. doi: 10.1067/mjd.2002.126580.


A patient with widespread in situ squamous cell carcinoma of the glans penis was successfully managed with topical application of 5% imiquimod cream. Therapy with topical immune response modifiers may prove beneficial in cases of superficial cutaneous carcinoma and may, if future studies confirm our findings, play a role in settings in which more destructive techniques may result in cosmetic defects or functional impairment. The use of imiquimod for intraepithelial squamous cell carcinoma of the anogenital area seems particularly logical because of the strong correlation between this neoplasm and infection with human papillomavirus.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adjuvants, Immunologic / administration & dosage*
  • Adjuvants, Immunologic / therapeutic use
  • Administration, Topical
  • Adult
  • Aminoquinolines / administration & dosage*
  • Aminoquinolines / therapeutic use
  • Carcinoma in Situ / drug therapy*
  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / drug therapy*
  • Humans
  • Imiquimod
  • Interferon Inducers / administration & dosage*
  • Interferon Inducers / therapeutic use
  • Male
  • Penile Neoplasms / drug therapy*


  • Adjuvants, Immunologic
  • Aminoquinolines
  • Interferon Inducers
  • Imiquimod