09 Mar A New Option For Skin Cancer Treatment: What You Need To Know
A new, non-surgical treatment option is on the rise for nonmelanoma skin cancers: Superficial Radio-Therapy (SRT). Unlike traditional radiation therapy, which targets internal organs without affecting the skin, SRT only penetrates the skin layer, allowing dermatologists to target superficial tumors without damaging internal organs or causing scarring. Today, we’re discussing how SRT works and when this revolutionary treatment should be used.
How Does Superficial Radio-Therapy Work?
Thanks to advancements in radiation therapy, dermatologists are able to deliver low energy photons to the target area. Since the treatment only penetrates the skin layer, cancerous basal and squamous cells fall off, leaving healthy skin cells below. With a 95% effective rating, SRT’s cure rate is comparable to surgery, without leaving scars or imposing lifestyle restrictions on patients.
Who Should Receive Superficial Radio-Therapy?
Only patients with nonmelanoma skin cancers should consider SRT. The low energy treatments are ideal for sensitive areas like the face, nose, and ears, as well as any areas where scars are not desirable, like the hands, neck, legs, and chest. SRT is also a great option for older patients, individuals with poor circulation, or those on blood thinning medications.
Individuals who’ve undergone surgery to remove raised, colorful scars (known as keloid scars), can also benefit from SRT. This procedure is a safe an effective way of treating these types of scars, and can significantly reduce keloid recurrence rates.
If you’re interested in using Superficial Radio-Therapy to treat skin cancer or keloid scars, contact Ulmer and Wu Dermatology today for more information.