Superficial radiation therapy is used to treat some forms of non-melanoma skin cancer using high-energy radiation. Dr. Steppie and his team use surgical methods to remove skin cancer cells and tumors for many cases. To create a comprehensive care plan, radiation therapy is used for some patients. For many patients with a complex medical history, superficial radiation therapy can be a safe alternative and treatment option.
1. Radiation therapy is nonsurgical and delivered without the use of anesthetics.
2. Multiple sessions may be required for the desired result.
3. Ask your doctor about any other medications may interact with the radiation therapy.
4. The treatment is extremely quick and not painful in any way.
Superficial radiation therapy is an effective treatment for basal and squamous cell skin cancer but may also cause side effects to occur. These side effects are like other laser or radiation therapies and include:
1. damage to saliva glands or teeth
2. hair loss
3. skin irritation, including blistering or peeling
4. temporary change in skin color