Non-Invasive Skin Cancer Treatment
More people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. than all other cancers combined. Approximately 90 percent of nonmelanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun, increasing the risk of squamous cell and basal cell skin cancers.*
Squamous cell and basil cell skin cancers are generally treated with surgery. However, Gamma West also offers advanced superficial radiation therapy (SRT) as a non-invasive alternative to surgery to treat squamous cell and basal cell skin cancers. Superficial radiation therapy delivers a beam of low energy from outside the body to the cancer site, destroying the cancel cells. It only penetrates approximately 5 mm below the skin’s surface, virtually the thickness of the skin. This non-invasive therapy can also be utilized to treat skin lesions in sensitive areas of the face including the eyes, ears, and nose. Superficial radiation therapy is also used to treat keloids, which are raised overgrowths of scar tissue that can form at the site of a skin injury.
* Source: www.skincancer.org