Superficial Radiation Therapy (SRT)

With skin cancer on the rise, and nearly four million Americans diagnosed with basal and squamous cell carcinoma annually, physicians and patients have additional options for non-melanoma skin cancer.  Pinnacle Dermatology is now offering a non-surgical skin cancer treatment option with Superficial Radiation Therapy.  SRT penetrates the skin’s surface with a precise dose of Superficial Radiation Therapy (SRT) to remove basal and squamous cell carcinomas.  SRT can also be an appropriate non-surgical treatment option for keloids.

So here is how it works, SRT delivers a calibrated dose of radiation therapy that reaches about five millimeters below the skin’s surface.  This low-dose of radiation safely destroys cancerous cells without damaging healthy surrounding tissue. Physicians view treatment areas with high-frequency ultrasound allowing them to thoroughly assess and target cancer cells with precision.

SRT is a treatment option for patients who have existing medical conditions that make surgery a serious health risk. Individual treatments last just a few minutes and with cure rates as high as 95% for non-melanoma skin cancer, SRT can be an alternative skin cancer treatment to other surgical options.  SRT can be used to treat skin cancer lesions almost anywhere on the body including on the head and neck where skin cancer often occurs but also on the arms, legs and back.

Some of the benefits of SRT are

  • Short treatment sessions
  • No anesthesia, cutting or pain
  • No downtime following treatment
  • No scarring
  • No need for reconstructive surgeries

SRT can also be an effective treatment option for keloids or non-malignant tumors caused by skin trauma through surgery, acne, chicken pox, piercing or burns.  When the skin is injured, fibrous scar tissue forms. Keloids occur when excessive scar tissue grows into a smooth, hard growth over an incision or wound. SRT safely destroys cells that form keloids, making it an effective treatment option.

To learn more about SRT for the treatment of non-melanoma skin cancer or removal of keloids schedule an appointment with a Pinnacle Dermatology provider.