Traditional skin cancer treatment can be painful and scar your skin. At Ross Dermatology, medical dermatologists Kim Ross, MD, Ronald Davis, MD, and the team offer superficial radiation therapy (SRT) skin cancer treatment to remove basal cell carcinomas (BCCs) and squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs) without cutting or incisions. To make an appointment, call the nearest office in San Antonio, Seguin, or La Vernia, Texas, or book online today.
Superficial radiation therapy (SRT) is a non-invasive skin cancer treatment that can destroy skin cancer cells. The treatment delivers precise amounts of external radiation directly into your cancerous lesions to eliminate the tumor and stop it from producing new cancer cells.
Unlike traditional treatments, which require cutting into the skin, SRT requires no incisions, cutting, or sutures. You can expect your recovery time to be faster and less painful than it would be after surgical excision.
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SRT treats the two most common types of skin cancer:
Basal cell carcinoma, or BCC, is the most common type of skin cancer that SRT can treat. These lesions typically appear as red, pearly bumps, flat, waxy lesions, or scaly patches of skin. While BCCs rarely metastasize, or spread, to other areas of the body, they can cause extensive skin damage.
Squamous cell carcinomas, or SCCs, are almost as common as and more aggressive than BCCs. They form as flat, waxy lesions or pearl-like bumps that can quickly penetrate the layers of the skin. Without treatment, SCCs can spread to other areas of the body.
Keloids aren’t cancerous, but they can be a cosmetic concern. These growths develop from an overgrowth of collagen, a type of protein.
SRT skin cancer treatment doesn’t treat melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer that typically develops from an abnormal mole.
Most patients need multiple SRT skin cancer treatments to eliminate skin cancer cells. Patients need 20 treatments/ with visits three times a week, to treat their skin cancer.
Your initial treatment typically takes longer than the rest of your sessions. Sessions typically take about 10 minutes. The treatments should not feel uncomfortable and don’t require anesthesia. You can expect minimal to no scarring after your final treatment.
Your treatment will be under a licenced Radiologist technician that reports to a supervisor and weekly tumor board.
To see if you’re a candidate for SRT skin cancer treatment, make an appointment at Ross Dermatology by calling the nearest office or booking online today.