Skin Cancer Radiation Therapy & Treatment
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Radiation Therapy for Skin Cancer
Radiation therapy for skin cancer involves using targeted energy to kill cancer cells, shrink tumors and provide relief from certain cancer-related symptoms. At Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), your care team may recommend radiation therapy as a part of your treatment for skin cancer, usually in combination with surgery and/or chemotherapy.
Skin cancer radiation therapy may be used following surgery in the area where lymph nodes were removed, to kill any remaining cancer cells. It may also be used if the cancer comes back, to reduce the size of the metastases and to relieve symptoms, particularly if the cancer has spread to the brain or bones.
Precision delivery techniques for skin cancer radiation treatments are continuously improving, allowing our oncologists to deliver higher radiation doses to cancer cells while limiting exposure to your normal tissues. The primary methods include: External Beam Radiation Therapy (EBRT), Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) and TomoTherapy®.
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