Superficial Radiotherapy (SRT) in Clarkston, MI
Have you been diagnosed with non-melanoma skin cancer? Clarkston Dermatology offers state-of-the-art superficial radiotherapy to painlessly and effectively treat several types of skin cancer without invasive surgery. We understand that you want a personalized medical experience with real results, but you can be left feeling like just a number in the medical industry without a team that partners with you. We believe that your health concerns should not be ignored. That's why we've spent the last 14 years building strong relationships with our patients in Clarkston and Troy, Michigan.
What Is Superficial Radiotherapy?
With the use of the most up-to-date technology available for the treatment of non-melanoma skin cancer, superficial radiotherapy is a non-invasive treatment option administered with the assistance of the state-of-the-art SRT-100 system.
How Much Does Superficial Radiotherapy Cost in Clarkston, MI?
The cost of superficial radiotherapy at Clarkston Dermatology depends on many factors, such as the number of sessions you need, the number of areas treated, and your health insurance coverage. To find out your individual cost, please contact us to schedule an appointment for a tailored treatment plan and your treatment cost.
What Skin Cancers Can Superficial Radiotherapy Treat?
There are three types of non-melanoma skin cancers that superficial radiotherapy is used to treat:
- Basal cell carcinoma, a type of skin cancer beginning in the basal cells
- Kaposi’s sarcoma, a type of cancer than forms masses in the skin
- Squamous cell carcinoma, the second-most commonly found type of skin cancer which is caused by over exposure to UV rays
The SRT-100 system delivers a precise dose of X-ray radiation just below the surface of the skin, around 5mm, which is then able to effectively and safely destroy the malignant non-melanoma skin cells while preserving the healthy surrounding tissue.
How Is Superficial Radiotherapy Performed?
Prior to the superficial radiotherapy treatment, you’ll sit down with your doctor to discuss the procedure and the treatment areas will be marked. A mold may also be taken in order to make a special mask for some patients.
When undergoing the procedure, you will be instructed to lie down on a couch while the radiographer positions the SRT-100’s applicator over the treatment area, either over the pen marks on the skin or over the mold that was created for the treatment. The radiographer will then leave the room and operate the machine from outside. For your safety, it's important to remain still throughout the superficial radiotherapy procedure.
Overall, the superficial radiotherapy procedure is painless. Most patients usually just describe a warm sensation. The procedure is performed as an outpatient procedure and typically only takes minutes. In order to achieve the best results, multiple superficial radiotherapy treatments may be recommended by your doctor.
What Are the Benefits of Superficial Radiotherapy?
There are many benefits to superficial radiotherapy and the SRT-100 system. Due mainly to the way in which superficial X-rays concentrate their radiation onto the skin’s surface, treatment with the SRT-100 holds advantages over surgical alternatives for the treatment of non-melanoma skin cancers, such as the following:
- There’s no downtime required
- There’s no need for any post-reconstructive surgery
- Superficial radiotherapy has a high rate of success
- There’s no need for anesthesia
- There’s almost no risk of post-surgical infections to worry about
- There’s almost no risk of nerve damage
- The treatment sessions are very short
- There’s next to no pain, and no need for any incisions
- It’s a completely safe procedure and incredibly effective
Superficial radiotherapy is one of the most effective solutions to treat non-melanoma skin cancer. At Clarkston Dermatology, we want you to feel like more than just a number. Contact us to schedule an appointment, meet your team of caring experts, and begin the journey to healthy skin with the attention you deserve to be seen AND heard. We encourage patients in Clarkston and Troy, MI, to download "5 Reasons to Use Sunscreen" ahead of their appointment to learn more about reducing the risk of skin cancer and sun damage.