What is radiation therapy used for?
Radiation therapy can be used as a treatment option in various circumstances for the treatment of skin cancers.
It can be used alone, aiming to destroy the tumour cells, or as part of your treatment plan after surgery if the tumour is prone to regrowth.
The types of skin cancer we can treat
Basal Cell Carcinoma
This is the most common form of skin cancer, with a high cure rate. These cancers begin in the outer layer of the skin (epidermis).
Squamous Cell Carcinoma
This is the second most common type of skin cancer. These cancers also begins in the epidermis.
What is radiation therapy?
Radiation therapy is a treatment which uses measured doses of radiation to stop the growth of abnormally dividing cells which can form a tumour (cancer).
Cancerous cells divide more rapidly than normal cells which makes them more susceptible to the effects of radiation therapy.
This can help control tumour growth and prevent new tumour cells from forming. Radiation therapy had been used successfully in the clinical setting for over a century.
Individual patient results may vary
Managing Rod's skin cancer
Rod is now looking and feeling better after receiving radiation therapy on the affected areas at GenesisCare. Hear how Rod is now enjoying his life post-treatment.