What is Image-Guided SRT?
Image-Guided Superficial Radiotherapy, Image-Guided SRT, is a safe and effective, nonsurgical treatment option for non-melanoma skin cancers that uses low levels of X-Ray energy to kill the cancer cells and allow normal tissue to grow back in its place. To compare the safety of radiotherapy, imagine that the energies utilized are similar to those used in dental x-rays.
Once a skin cancer has been diagnosed with a skin biopsy, and IG-SRT is chosen as the best treatment option, ultrasound imaging is utilized to help determine the best protocol for that particular skin cancer type, evaluated size, and location. An appropriate energy and dosing protocol are then chosen to initiate the therapy. The progress of radiotherapy is constantly monitored by ultrasound imagery.
The dosing protocol is adjusted in between the consecutive therapy sessions to continue to target and destroy the skin cancer. A customized shield is always prepared to protect the surrounding healthy tissue. The treatment site would experience redness and some swelling, but no pain or long term scarring. Patients can continue their daily activities in between treatment sessions, including golf, tennis, swimming or anything else.
Benefits of Image-Guided SRT
- 99+% cure rate for basal cell carcinomas & squamous cell carcinoma
- Non-surgical option
- No downtime & quick treatments
- No pain
- No scarring
- Great cosmetic outcomes
Pre/Post IG SRT
Why Image-Guided SRT?
Image-Guided SRT is a FDA approved non-surgical treatment option for basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma. Image-Guided SRT is also endorsed by the American Academy of Dermatology.
The Image-Guided SRT treatments are covered by most insurances, including Medicare. Our team will ensure that we obtain prior authorization from individual insurance plans before initiating Image-Guided SRT.
Image-Guided SRT allows you to receive the skin cancer treatment under the care of your trusted dermatologist without having to be referred out for Mohs procedures and/or paying exorbitant facilities fees at other hospitals. Treatment is given in small doses over time. For most people, this means 3 to 5 treatments per week for a few weeks. Each treatment is painless and takes about 15 minutes.
The superficial radiotherapy is targeted to localized area only involving the skin cancer. Healthy tissue is completely unaffected. Unlike the conventional radiation (based on linear accelerators), Image-Guided SRT does not cause any damage to underlying healthy tissue such as teeth or gums. Protected shields are used when performing treatments around the eyes.
During the therapy sessions, patients will be continuously evaluated for improvement utilizing the ultrasound guided imagery. Patients can literally witness the tumors shrinking in front of their eye with each consecutive week. Your dermatologist and certified radiation therapist work in close collaboration to adjust the radiation dosing throughout the treatment duration to ensure complete clearance of your skin cancer.
Non-Surgical Option to MOHS
Image-Guided SRT is good news for the nearly 3.5 million Americans who are diagnosed with non-melanoma skin cancer each year. More than half of these newly diagnosed patients are over 60 and often have a higher risk for surgical complications due to diabetes, heart disease and other medical conditions.
While Mohs surgery has been the traditional choice for basal cell carcinoma treatment and squamous cell carcinoma treatment, it has several serious drawbacks. The excision of cancerous tissue along with healthy surrounding tissue leads to a painful and lengthy healing process that increases the risk for infection. Patients who undergo Mohs are also left with significant scarring.
Since nearly 80 percent of skin cancer occurs on visible areas of the face, head and neck, reconstructive plastic surgery is often required. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that 87 percent of plastic surgeons in the U.S. perform cosmetic surgery on people who have had Mohs. In fact, reconstructive surgery following Mohs is the second most common procedure performed by plastic surgeons.
Non-Surgical Skin Cancer Treatment
Haber Dermatology, Inc now offers a painless, safe and highly effective non-surgical option for skin cancer treatment and keloid removal in Beachwood — Superficial Radiation Therapy using Sensus Healthcare’s SRT-100 Vision.
There are four million new cases of basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma diagnosed in the United States each year. Skin cancer treatment options typically involve invasive incisions that damage healthy tissue and result in painful healing; a lengthy recovery and unsightly scarring that take an emotional toll on patients. Skin cancer treatment in Beachwood with the Image-Guided SRT Vision is changing all that.
This new non-surgical skin cancer treatment with the Image-Guided SRT delivers a precise, calibrated dose of Superficial Radiation Therapy that only goes skin deep. This low-dose of radiation safely destroys non-melanoma skin cancer cells without damaging healthy surrounding tissue. There is no cutting or stitching, less risk for infection, and no need for reconstructive plastic surgery to repair surgical scars.
Not only this, but the Image-Guided SRT allows Dr. Haber and the Radiotherapist at Haber Dermatology, Inc to see and treat the affected areas. For patients who want the ultimate in advanced superficial radiotherapy, the SRT-100 Vision is built with the same features as the SRT-100, but also offers high-frequency ultrasound for imaging. This allows your physician to view the areas being treated and assess them more thoroughly so treatment can be targeted more precisely. Patients with skin cancer aren’t the only ones who can benefit from skin cancer treatment in Beachwood with Image-Guided SRT. Superficial Radiotherapy is also an effective treatment for keloid removal.
Image-Guided SRT Superficial Radiotherapy is also an effective treatment for keloid removal. When the skin is wounded — whether through surgery or injury — fibrous tissue called scar tissue forms over the wound. In some cases, excessive scar tissue grows, forming a smooth, hard growth over the incision or injury. This growth is called a keloid and is often much larger than the original wound.
Keloids are chronic, non-malignant tumors that often form following surgery, but may also be triggered by other skin traumas, such as acne and chickenpox, ear piercing, burns and other skin injuries. These unsightly, embarrassing and sometimes painful scars affect nearly 18 million people in the U.S.
Image-Guided SRT safely destroys the cells that form keloids, keeping the skin smooth as the incision heals. Patients may require a series of treatments, depending on the size of the keloid scar.
Performed right in the Haber Dermatology, Inc office, Image-Guided SRT delivers optimum results to treat skin cancer and remove keloid scars without the negative side effects of invasive treatments. This treatment is ideal for patients who have existing medical conditions that may make surgery a serious health risk.
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