As a result of the extreme pressure being placed on the public health system, a growing number of operations for non- melanoma skin cancer being delayed or cancelled.
For suitable patients, radiation therapy may offer an alternative option to surgery, with modern techniques such as VMAT (Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy) showing efficacious and well-tolerated results with local control rates in the order of 90-95%.¹
Suitable patients include those with aggressive primary or recurrent BCCs and SCCs, or superficial melanoma. In particular, where it relates to the elderly, those with comorbidities or where undue treatment delay (3-6 months or more) would be problematic.
Australia has one of the highest skin cancer rates in the world with almost half a million people treated for one or more non- melanoma skin cancers (NMSC) each year.² These skin cancers are commonly found on the most sun-exposed parts of the body, including the head, neck, and face.³
Management of complex and invasive skin cancer in the current environment webinar recording
In order to help you to navigate the current environment, a panel of experts held a live discussion on the primary care management and treatment considerations for complex and invasive skin cancer. Watch the recording below.