IG-SRT for Skin Cancer
Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in the U.S. However, it can also be easily treated if caught in the early stages. Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) are the most common forms and can develop anywhere in the body. If you have been diagnosed with one of these skin cancers, we understand it can be a stressful time. However, there are many different effective treatment options on the market today to eliminate skin cancer for optimal results. Read on to learn more about one of these treatment options known as IG-SRT.
Image Guided Superficial Radiotherapy (IG-SRT) is a commonly used procedure to treat squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma. This treatment uses low-energy radiation therapy to penetrate the skin, ensuring that the surface cancer is treated without damaging the deeper layers of the skin.
There are many benefits of SRT for skin cancer, including:
- Quick and pain-free treatments
- Non-invasive and non-surgical
- Treats BCC and SCC effectively
At Fargo Center for Dermatology, your IG-SRT treatment will be performed by our skilled RTT (Registered Radiation Therapist). 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.
IG- SRT is the first and only skin cancer treatment that uses ultrasound images. This is different than traditional SRT, which uses radiotherapy without the benefit of ultrasound images. The ultrasound images let your dermatologist see the exact size of the cancer so he or she can target the area with the precise dose. These images also show the cancer shrinking and going away after each treatment.
After your IG-SRT treatment, our team will provide you with specific instructions regarding how to care for your treatment area. Be sure to follow these instructions to reduce the chances of scarring, and do not hesitate to reach out to us regarding any questions or concerns.
Studies have shown that IG-SRT is an excellent treatment option for Basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas with a success rate of 99%. IG-SRT is not as invasive and does not require any cutting or stitches. IG-SRT doesn’t involve any bleeding, stitches, cutting, or reconstruction, which makes it an attractive option for those who are concerned about scarring or uneven skin texture following surgery. If you have been diagnosed with BCC or SCC and you wish to avoid invasive surgery, IG-SRT may be a good option if your doctor has deemed it appropriate.
If you are interested in learning more about IG-SRT treatment for skin cancer, contact Fargo Center for Dermatology in Fargo, ND today. Our team of board-certified dermatologists and physician assistants aims to provide quality, prompt care to each of our patients for a quality experience.