Superficial Radiation Therapy, commonly known as SRT, is a low-energy radiation that goes no deeper than the thickness of the skin. SRT delivers a precise, calibrated dose of radiation that targets the abnormal and more rapidly dividing cells while allowing the surrounding normal tissue ample time to repair itself.  SRT offers a painless, safe and highly effective nonsurgical skin cancer treatment.

Dermatology & Skin Cancer Surgery Center is proud to offer a proven nonsurgical treatment option for basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma (nonmelanoma skin cancers). SRT can be used to treat lesions on the arms, legs, back and trunk.  It is especially well suited for skin cancers located on the head and neck. SRT easily delivers a precise and controlled dose of radiation to delicate areas that are difficult to treat – along the fold of the nose, eyelids, lips, corner of the mouth and lining of the ear.  With the addition of SRT, we are able to provide not only a cosmetically pleasing result, but also another treatment option for high risk surgery patients, including patients with diabetes and cardiac diseases. SRT is FDA cleared with excellent cure rates that rival surgery. SRT is widely recognized by insurance companies as an effective treatment option and is covered by most insurance plans, including Medicare.

What to expect

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Patients usually undergo a series of treatments depending on the nature and extent of the cancer.  You should expect the same results as surgery, but with these additional benefits:

  • No cutting, bleeding or stitching
  • No pain
  • No downtime
  • No anesthesia
  • No scarring
  • No lifestyle restrictions
  • No need for post treatment reconstructive surgeries
  • Fast healing process
  • Very short procedure time

Superficial Radiation Therapy has a proven cure rate of 95%, which is comparable to Mohs surgery. A low-dose of Superficial Radiation Therapy safely destroys non-melanoma skin cancer cells without damaging surrounding tissue.

Treatment aftercare

Patients are able to go home or resume normal activity immediately after Superficial Radiation Therapy due to its easy administration process. Patients will need to make sure they are wearing protective clothing or using sunscreen to shield the treated area from exposure to sunlight and UV rays.