Image-Guided Superficial Radiation Therapy is a nonsurgical treatment that uses low levels of X-ray energy to kill cancer cells and allow normal tissue to grow back in its place. For many people dealing with skin cancer, Image-Guided SRT can be a highly effective treatment option without the downtime, side effects, and cosmetic issues sometimes associated with surgery.
Advanced Dermatology is proud to offer Image-Guided SRT right in the comfort of our office. If you’ve been diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, or some other form of non-melanoma skin cancer and have been told youneed Mohs surgery, call us today to schedule an appointment to see if you’re a candidate for a less invasive alternative.
WHAT PATENTS CAN EXPECTDURING TREATMENT
With Image-Guided SRT, you will sit in a chair and a gel will be applied at the site of the cancer. Using an imaging wand, we can look at a detailed image of the cancer on screen. We will use that image to measure the size and shape of the tumor, calculate the dose of treatment, and define the treatment area. Once complete, the arm of the device will be placed over the treatment site and the exact dose of x-ray energy will be used to precisely target the cancer site without harming the healthy tissue around it. Each treatment session takes about 15 minutes from the time you walk in the door to when you leave the office. You’ll come back several times a week for a short treatment session, and in 4 to 7 weeks treatment will be complete. The most recent large-scale study on Image Guided SRT shows a cure rate of greater than 99%, which is equal to or better than the treatment rate experienced with Mohs surgery. Ongoing patient surveys show that 99.9% of patients were happy with their decision to treat with Image-Guided SRT and 99.8% would recommend the treatment option to others.
THE ADVANTAGES OF IMAGE-GUIDED SRT
With Image-Guided SRT:-
- You’re typically in and out of the dermatologist’s office in 15 minutes or less-
- No cutting, no bleeding, no stitches, no surgical scars-
- No need for reconstruction surgery-
- Quick recovery time-
- Reduced risk for infection-
- Reduced risk for short-or long-term nerve damage-
- No anesthesia usage-
- No post-surgery downtime or discomfort