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What is SRT treatment for non-melanoma skin cancer?

Superficial radiation therapy, or SRT, is a non-surgical treatment for non-melanoma skin cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, approximately 40% to 50% of adults over the age of 65 will experience some type of skin cancer, but many of these patients prefer to avoid surgery or are at higher medical risk for surgery. SRT uses radiotherapy to treat your skin cancer.

How does SRT treatment for skin cancer work?

Radiation has long been used in the fight against cancer. The treatment works by changing the cancer cells so they cannot reproduce, and ultimately, the cancerous cells die. SRT is a special radiotherapy that penetrates to a depth just below your skin surface where cancer cells live.

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What can be treated with SRT treatment for skin cancer?

SRT treatment is especially beneficial for non-melanoma skin cancer that occurs on the head and neck, such as the nose, eyelids, lips, corners of the mouth, and ears. The treatment is also effective for skin cancers on the arms, legs, back and torso – particularly in those who are poor surgical candidates.

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How is SRT treatment for skin cancer performed?

Your dermatologist may recommend multiple SRT treatments for your specific case. The radiotherapy energy is concentrated on the treatment area with a specially designed cone-shaped instrument. Energy is applied to the area for approximately 60 seconds.

Is the procedure painful?

The procedure is painless, similar to having an X-ray done. You may have some redness after your treatment, and a scab may form over the treated lesion.

When will I see results?

The results of your SRT treatment for non-melanoma skin cancer depend on the condition that is being treated, as well as the size of the treatment area. Your dermatologist will discuss the results of your treatment during your consultation and follow-up visits.

How long do the results last?

SRT treatment for skin cancer gives you long-lasting results. However, certain lifestyle choices, such as sun exposure, may place you at greater risk for redeveloping skin cancer. Your dermatologist will provide you with post-treatment instructions to give you the longest possible results.

How do I get started?

Dr. Goldberg and his staff will be happy to discuss SRT treatment for non-melanoma skin cancer with you. Please feel free to call for a private consultation at one of our offices in New York or New Jersey.

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