Superficial Radiotherapy (SRT)
Have you been diagnosed with non-melanoma skin cancer? Clarkston Dermatology offers state-of-the-art superficial radiotherapy to painlessly and effectively treat several types of skin cancer without invasive surgery. We understand that you want a personalized medical experience with real results, but you can be left feeling like just a number in the medical industry without a team that partners with you. We believe that your health concerns should not be ignored. That's why we've spent the last 14 years building strong relationships with our patients in Clarkston and Troy, Michigan.
With the use of the most up-to-date technology available for the treatment of non-melanoma skin cancer, superficial radiotherapy is a non-invasive treatment option administered with the assistance of the state-of-the-art SRT-100 system.
There are three types of non-melanoma skin cancers that superficial radiotherapy is used to treat:
Basal cell carcinoma, a type of skin cancer beginning in the basal cells
Kaposi’s sarcoma, a type of cancer than forms masses in the skin
Squamous cell carcinoma, the second-most commonly found type of skin cancer which is caused by over exposure to UV rays
The SRT-100 system delivers a precise dose of X-ray radiation just below the surface of the skin, around 5mm, which is then able to effectively and safely destroy the malignant non-melanoma skin cells while preserving the healthy surrounding tissue.
Prior to the superficial radiotherapy treatment, you’ll sit down with your doctor to discuss the procedure and the treatment areas will be marked. A mold may also be taken in order to make a special mask for some patients.
When undergoing the procedure, you will be instructed to lie down on a couch while the radiographer positions the SRT-100’s applicator over the treatment area, either over the pen marks on the skin or over the mold that was created for the treatment. The radiographer will then leave the room and operate the machine from outside. For your safety, it's important to remain still throughout the superficial radiotherapy procedure.
Overall, the superficial radiotherapy procedure is painless. Most patients usually just describe a warm sensation. The procedure is performed as an outpatient procedure and typically only takes minutes. In order to achieve the best results, multiple superficial radiotherapy treatments may be recommended by your doctor.
There are many benefits to superficial radiotherapy and the SRT-100 system. Due mainly to the way in which superficial X-rays concentrate their radiation onto the skin’s surface, treatment with the SRT-100 holds advantages over surgical alternatives for the treatment of non-melanoma skin cancers, such as the following:
There’s no downtime required
There’s no need for any post-reconstructive surgery
Superficial radiotherapy has a high rate of success
There’s no need for anesthesia
There’s almost no risk of post-surgical infections to worry about
There’s almost no risk of nerve damage
The treatment sessions are very short
There’s next to no pain, and no need for any incisions
It’s a completely safe procedure and incredibly effective
We offer Superficial Radiotherapy (SRT) treatments to residents of the following areas: Clarkston, Oxford, Oxford Township, Birmingham, Troy, and all of Oakland County, MI (Michigan). Although our offices are are located in Clarkston and Oxford, Michigan, we regularly serve patients throughout the entirety of Oakland County who need a skin doctor for medical care related to Superficial Radiotherapy (SRT).