Skin Cancer Treatment with Superficial Radiation
Conveniently located to serve Long Island, Middle Island, and Stony Brook
At Cavallo & Horlick Dermatology, our skilled dermatological experts perform skin cancer treatment with superficial radiation for Long Island patients. Skin cancer, if not treated in time, has a risk of being fatal. Because of this, it is vital to seek effective treatment sooner rather than later.
Superficial radiation therapy is a minimally invasive treatment option and is thus more comfortable for the patient than many other procedures. Because of this, it is a preferred treatment method.
What Is Superficial Radiation?
Radiation therapy involves the use of radiation to destroy cancer cells and tumors. For skin cancer, either electron beams (electron beam radiation) or low-energy x-rays are used. When low-energy x-rays are used on the skin, this is referred to as superficial radiation. Superficial radiation is similar to getting an X-ray taken, making it very convenient for patients.
Unlike high-intensity x-rays, low-intensity superficial x-rays do not go deep into the tissues. Instead, these orthovoltage x-rays target the superficial layers of the skin that contain cancerous cells. Since the energy is focused on these cancerous cells, this ensures that the cells are destroyed.
How Effective Is Skin Cancer Treatment with Superficial Radiation?
Superficial radiation therapy is an effective treatment procedure used to treat basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas. It is also used to treat cutaneous lymphomas and Kaposi sarcomas. The therapy is especially helpful in areas that cannot be treated through surgery, such as the eyelids.
This treatment has been found to be fairly successful and effective in treating cancer. It has a 5-year effective cure rate of around 90%.
How Is It Administered?
First, a preliminary consultation is carried out so the dermatologist can understand which areas of the skin are affected by the cancer. This allows the dermatologist to plan the therapy and decide how many sessions of treatment are needed.
The patient may be asked to sit on a chair or to lie down during skin cancer treatment with superficial radiation. The area being treated may feel warm when the treatment is taking place. The treatment is done in a targeted way so that only the skin areas that have cancerous cells are affected by the radiation.
Treatment is usually done over a period of time. It takes around 2-5 weeks for the entire treatment to be completed. Each session of skin cancer treatment with superficial radiation usually takes around 15 minutes to be completed.
The radiation dosage to be administered is divided into dose fractions. Usually, around 15-25 fractions of doses are administered, and one fraction is administered in one session. Five sessions per week are given until the treatment process is complete.
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If you have found a skin lesion that you believe may be cancerous, contact Cavallo & Horlick Dermatology to discuss skin cancer treatment with superficial radiation in Long Island. Arrange your appointment for a consultation, where a diagnosis can be made regarding your skin lesion.
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