What is SRT?
Superficial Radiation Therapy (SRT100) is a non-invasive, FDA-approved treatment for non-melanoma skin cancer (basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma) virtually anywhere on the body.
What is SRT used for?
SRT100 is a great treatment option for patients with basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma who are not ideal candidates for surgery. SRT may be considered for older patients (typically >70 years old) and/or when performing surgery poses increased health risks (i.e. patients who are not healthy enough to undergo surgery or reconstruction, patients who are on blood thinners or who do not heal well, patients who cannot tolerate anesthetic or patients who have compromised immune systems). In these circumstances, SRT100 can be effectively used to treat non-melanoma skin cancers on arms, legs, back, trunk, face and scalp. Additionally, SRT may be considered in sites such as the nose, eyelids, and ears, which often require complex closure or reconstruction if surgery is performed.
How does SRT work?
The SRT technology is specifically designed to treat skin cancer. Unlike other forms of radiation, SRT penetrates only up to 5mm below the surface of the skin. This allows SRT to safely treat skin cancers while preserving the surrounding healthy tissue which helps with recovery.
What is the procedure like?
SRT treatments typically take less than a minute and are performed in a dermatologists office by a certified provider who is trained in the procedure. SRT treatments are often administered 2-3 times weekly for several weeks and are usually very well tolerated by patients. There is no downtime after the treatment and patients may immediately return to their normal activities.
What are the benefits of SRT?
The cure rate is high and comparable to surgery (approximately 95% for basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma). SRT eliminates potential issues associated with surgery including bleeding, infection, long healing/recovery times, and unwanted or unsightly scar tissue. Your dermatologist should consider all treatment options to determine the most appropriate treatment for each individual patient.
What can I expect after the procedure?
After the procedure, the treated skin will be may be red and have some irritation. Patients can expect a healing time of approximately four weeks following the completion of the procedure. The long-term results are generally very good with minimal scar tissue and mild discoloration.
If you have any further questions about SRT100 or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact our office at (561) 498-4407
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