Thousands of skin cancer cases are diagnosed daily. Patients may find difficulty in choosing treatment but out of the many options available, superficial radiation therapy (SRT) stands out as one of the best.
What is SRT?
SRT is an effective skin cancer treatment with minimal discomfort as it does not involve incisions and reduces the chances of scarring. It is a competitive skin cancer treatment choice and offers a 98.7% cure rate for skin cancer when delivered by an experienced medical professional, like the team at Green Dermatology & Cosmetic Center.
Benefits of SRT Skin Cancer Treatment
SRT treatment does not involve cutting cancer off the affected site. It uses a precise radiation dose to destroy the cancerous cells. The emitted radiation cannot affect the health of your internal organs as it only penetrates the skin. Additionally, there is a low risk of infection, and the patient will not require reconstructive surgery, downtime, or any precautions after the treatment.
This treatment is especially beneficial for patients with existing conditions that can make a surgical procedure risky. If you have disorders that increase your bleeding risk, slow healing or involve taking blood thinners, SRT may be suitable for you.
What to Expect
Your dermatologist will ensure you are a good candidate by reviewing your medical history and diagnosis. If they find you are eligible, they can do a pain-free SRT as an in-office treatment.
You can sit in a chair or lie down depending on the treatment site’s location. Dr. Green will then target the cancerous area using a machine that will emit low-level radiation. The treatment session will only take a few minutes and you will require several sessions. You may get minimal side effects like redness, itching, and dryness at the treatment site.
How Does SRT Work?
Superficial radiation therapy works by emitting low-energy radiotherapy that targets the treatment area below the surface of your skin. The radiation is minimal and fights skin cancer by altering the DNA in each cancer cell. It reduces the ability of the cells to reproduce. Finally, it quickens the death of the cells within a cancerous tumor.
What Does SRT Do and Not Do?
Superficial radiation therapy destroys non-melanoma skin cancer cells such as Basal Cell Carcinoma and Squamous Cell Carcinoma. SRT allows patients to heal quicker than surgical procedures for treating skin cancers. It involves minimal downtime.
For more about SRT, call Green Dermatology & Cosmetic Center in Deerfield Beach, Florida at 954-799-9600 to schedule a consultation today.