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Skin Cancer Treatment Side Effects

Skin Cancer Treatment Side Effects

Receiving a skin cancer diagnosis, no matter the stage or type, can be intimidating to hear. The first thing you might do after receiving a diagnosis is research treatment options to familiarize yourself. There are numerous treatment options for non-melanoma cancer like Mohs surgery, cryosurgery, electrosurgery, or Superficial Radiation Therapy (SRT). Although all options are effective, the skin cancer treatment side effects differ greatly. SRT treatment is the non-surgical option that effectively destroys cancer cells in the most non-invasive way possible and with minimal side effects.

What is Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer?

There are two types of non-melanoma skin cancers: basal cell carcinoma and and squamous cell carcinoma. These skin cancers are caused by over exposure to UV radiation from the sun or tanning beds, and form on areas of the skin and scalp. Typically, non-melanoma skin cancer is less aggressive than melanoma, and not as likely to spread throughout your body. Like mentioned previously, there are several treatment options that should remove the cancerous spot and stop the spread of the cancer to other areas.

Superficial Radiation Therapy (SRT) Treatment Option

SRT is a radiation therapy approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of non-melanoma skin cancer. This treatment delivers a specific dose of SRT that goes just skin deep – no cutting or incisions involved. Because of the non-invasive approach, the skin cancer treatment side effects are minimal, and there is a slim chance of infection, scarring, or post-treatment lifestyle limitations. Not only is SRT safe and effective, but also quick! SRT can be performed in a physician’s office without anesthesia, and the healing time following is much faster than surgery such as Mohs. SRT is a safe, effective, and painless treatment option for patients and physicians alike.

Out of all the treatment options, SRT has the least amount of skin cancer treatment side effects. If you’re a patient interested in SRT treatment, or a physician wanting to add this non-invasive treatment to your practice, contact Sensus Healthcare today. We’d be glad to help get you started with SRT.

 

 

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