Introduction to Superficial Radiation Therapy (SRT) for Skin Cancers
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Superficial Radiation Therapy (SRT) for Skin Cancers is a treatment option for certain patients with skin cancers (Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Basal Cell Carcinoma, Melanoma and Kaposi’s Ssarcoma). These types of cancers can be disfiguring if surgery if needed due to their location and surgical scarring. Superficial radiation treatment offers excellent cosmetic results and is non-invasive relative to the traditional surgical approach. The procedure is painless, non-invasive and less expensive than traditional treatments.
Superficial radiation therapy uses a low energy radiation beam (X-ray). This beam only penetrates the top surface layer of the skin, avoiding deep tissue damage which minimizes scarring, particularly around the face.
Older skin cancer patients who take blood thinning medications, patients with large cancers, patients who are not surgical candidates or those that want to avoid surgery and scars may be candidates for superficial radiation therapy.
Superficial Radiation Therapy (SRT) is covered by ALL medical insurance plans including Medicare.