Radiation Therapy for Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer
Radiation therapy is used to destroy cancer cells. This procedure may require 15 to 30 visits to a facility with special equipment. Radiation therapy may be used in combination with other types of therapy to treat aggressive or recurrent skin cancer.
What To Expect After Treatment
Recovery time may vary depending on the site treated and the amount of radiation used.
Why It Is Done
Radiation therapy may be used:
How Well It Works
Surgery and radiation are the primary treatments for nonmelanoma skin cancer, but studies show that surgery has the best results.1 Still, radiation therapy has very good cure rates and cosmetic results, so sometimes it is the treatment of choice.
Risks of radiation therapy to treat skin cancer include the following:
Side effects are common but typically go away when treatment is finished. They include:
What To Think About
Radiation therapy is most often reserved for use in older adults. It may lead to other skin cancers in younger people as they age.
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