What is Superficial Radiation Therapy?
This procedure uses highly advanced technology to destroy cancer cells or to prevent them from growing. This type of treatment typically requires treatments three days a week for a month. Similar to excision, this procedure radiates the surrounding skin to help ensure the complete removal of the cancer. Skin will heal with minimal to no scarring. Radiation therapy is generally reserved for patients who cannot undergo surgery or the tumor is too extensive for surgery.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms necessitating superficial radiation therapy are non-melanoma skin cancers found on the surface of the skin, as well as lesions on the arms, legs, back, trunk, head and neck regions.
Who gets it?
This procedure is ideal for persons seeking a safe and painless, non-surgical way of treating non-melanoma skin cancer. This can also include those who are at high risk for surgical procedures, such as those with heart conditions or high blood pressure.
Treating non-melanoma skin cancer takes multiple sessions of x-ray therapy to relieve and eliminate the condition. The x-ray is directed toward the lesion by placing a small cone over the targeted area. The area is treated for about 90 seconds, which is all that is necessary to produce results. If you are interested in superficial radiation therapy, the skin experts at Forefront Dermatology can develop a treatment plan that is safe, effective and personalized for your health needs and the condition of your skin. For more information, or to make an appointment, call the Forefront Dermatology office near you. For locations, click here.