Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, affecting 1 in 5 people throughout the course of a lifetime. A number of skin cancers are sensitive to radiation and are commonly treated with conventional radiation therapies, including late-stage melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, cutaneous lymphoma, Kaposi sarcoma, and Merkel cell carcinoma.
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Some types of skin cancer, such as basal or squamous cell carcinoma, can be cured through surgery, which may or may not be followed by additional treatment therapies including cryosurgery, photodynamic therapy, chemotherapy, targeted therapy and radiation therapy.
Traditionally, nonmelanoma skin cancer has been treated through Mohs surgery, a surgical technique that involves removal of multiple layers of cancerous skin, continuing until reaching healthy tissue.
Radiation therapy offers an effective alternative to potentially disfiguring surgery and can be used in the treatment of both nonmelanoma and melanoma skin cancers.
External beam radiation therapy or intensity modulated radioactive therapy can also be used as a post-surgical skin cancer treatment option to destroy any cancer cells that may have been left behind following cancer removal.
Surgery is an option for early-stage melanoma skin cancers, but if the cancer has advanced, additional treatment therapies are required. Ackerman Cancer Center patients undergoing radiation therapy for melanoma may be treated with the Elekta Linear Accelerator, a machine capable of delivering radiation to the entire tumor from multiple angles by rotating around the tumor site. Stereotactic radiosurgery is a precise delivery method that may be used for tumors that have spread to the brain.
The advanced imaging and precise treatment technology available at Ackerman Cancer Center combined with the skill of experienced board-certified radiation oncologists, assures each patient will receive aggressive, personalized cancer care.
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For more information about the Ackerman Cancer Center and its available treatment options, please call us at 904-880-5522.