Superficial Radiation Therapy for Skin CancerAround 5 million Americans are treated for skin cancer each year, and 18 million people suffer from keloid scarring. If you have squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, or keloid scars, this may be the treatment for you. We offer image-guided superficial radiotherapy (IG-SRT), a non-invasive option for treating non-melanoma skin cancers and keloid scars.
Why You Should Consider IG-SRTIf you’re not a candidate for Mohs Surgery or simply do not want to undergo an invasive procedure, you can receive IG-SRT treatment. This advanced technology has the same or better cure rates for squamous cell and basal cell carcinoma when compared to Mohs surgery. Low levels of radiation, equivalent to those used in dental x-rays, are used to kill cancer cells. Superficial radiation is directed to the cancerous cells, and healthy tissue is not harmed.
While we offer other types of skin cancer treatment in our office, we recommend IG-SRT for certain patients and cancer locations for the following reasons:
- It is non-invasive: This treatment does not involve needles, surgery, anesthesia, cutting, bleeding, or scarring. There is not a risk for wound healing complications.
- It is available for a wider demographic: Because this type of therapy is non-invasive, it is the perfect option for those on blood-thinning medications, patients with fragile skin, cancerous cells on parts of the body that would leave unsightly scars, and people who simply do not want surgery for any reason.
- It does not require downtime or lifestyle restrictions: After undergoing surgery, a patient will need to take a few days to a few weeks to recover and let the surgical site heal. They oftentimes cannot participate in their favorite activities due to a lack of range of motion. With superficial radiation therapy, you do not have to worry about any disruptions to your daily activities during treatment.
- It has an impressive cure rate: IG-SRT has a 99% cure rate, and the majority of patients are highly pleased with the results of their treatment.
What to Expect With IG-SRT TreatmentStarting a new treatment for your skin cancer can be intimidating, even if it is a non-invasive procedure. To ease your fears, our providers, radiation therapists, and support staff are all available to answer any questions you may have. Your team will be with you every step of the treatment process, which includes:
- An initial simulation appointment in which photos and ultrasound images are taken, and treatment parameters are established. Your treatment schedule will also be discussed.
- You can expect 3-4 weekly treatment appointments spanning 5-7 weeks. During each treatment, an applicator cone is placed over the skin cancer that is radiated for about 60 seconds per visit.
- Appointments with your practitioner every 1-2 weeks to evaluate the progress of your treatment.