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If you or someone you love has skin cancer, you want confidence and precision. You want access to the latest advances in cancer care and research. You want a treatment plan designed to help you live longer and live better. And you want hope—combined with a commitment to excellence throughout this next phase of your cancer treatment. That’s why we’re here.
GenesisCare is a first-of-its-kind, global network of 5,000 cancer specialists. Our physicians collect and study the most promising advances in science and care from across the US and around the world.
With over 130 radiation oncology centers in the US, GenesisCare brings these proven best practices right to your community. Whether an effective approach for treating your cancer was investigated by our physicians in London, Madrid, or Myrtle Beach, you’ll find confidence having GenesisCare as part of your cancer care team.
Skin cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in the United States. At GenesisCare we use the latest treatment techniques to treat skin cancer without the use of surgery or general anesthetic. Radiation therapy, also called radiotherapy, kills cancer cells. It’s used in the early stages of cancer treatment or after it has started to spread. It can also be used to relieve pain and discomfort from cancer that has spread.
We use the latest treatment techniques to treat skin cancer without the use of surgery or general anesthetic.
Radiation therapy may be used as a treatment option in various circumstances for the treatment of non-melanoma skin cancers.
It can be used alone, aiming to destroy the tumor cells, or as part of your treatment plan after surgery, if the tumor is prone to regrowth.
Grace was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma on her nose and went through several dermatologic surgery procedures. Eventually, it was determined that she would need a much more invasive surgery or radiation therapy to fight the cancer.
After much consideration, Grace determined radiation was best for her. Hear her story to hear how she responded to radiation at GenesisCare, and her recommendation for others fighting skin cancer.
Your radiation oncologist will review your medical history and conduct a physical examination to determine if radiation therapy is appropriate and can organize a treatment plan tailored to your situation and needs.
If treatment is recommended, an appointment will be made for simulation. This is where your radiation oncologist and a radiation therapist work together to organize your treatment plan and schedule. The simulation procedure takes about one hour to perform.
The simulation incorporates a radiation therapy education session with a nurse. Start date and time for treatment will be arranged once the plan is complete. The therapist will be in contact with the patient soon after the plan has been determined.
At your first treatment, a radiation therapist will explain the treatment process and answer any questions to ensure you are comfortable with the care provided.
The first treatment may take around 20–30 minutes. The remaining treatments may only take approximately 10–15 minutes. The number of treatment sessions needed can vary depending on your plan.
The experience of radiation therapy treatment can be like having an X-ray. Your radiation oncologist and nurse will be available on a weekly cadence for advice and support during your treatment.
A nurse will discuss your post-treatment care on your final day and will provide contact details should you have any questions after treatment is completed. Your radiation oncologist will arrange for a follow-up appointment six to twelve weeks after the completion of your treatment.
We welcome patients to contact us at any time if they are in need of any further information or assistance.
External beam radiation therapy uses high-energy radiation beams to destroy cancer cells. Before your treatment begins, we’ll take some imaging scans to establish the precise shape, size, and location of the tumor. If your treatment is after your tumor removal surgery, then we’ll take scans to examine the area where the tumor was removed.
Everyone’s different and your treatments are designed specifically for you. Your doctor is the best person to advise you about the number of treatments. Some need daily sessions over several weeks, while others need fewer.
We know that it can be tough to fit regular appointments with your busy life. We will do our best to accommodate your schedule.
Our skin care specialists team include Dr. Patrick Francke, Dr. Thomas Boike, Dr. Sonal Sura, Dr. Jerome J. Spunberg, and Dr. Steven F. Andrews.
Special clinical interest in Skin, Prostate, Breast, Lung, Colorectal, Head & Neck, Gynecologic Malignancies
Special clinical interest in Skin, Prostate, Breast, and Lung Cancer
Special clinical interest in Skin, Prostate, Breast, Lung
Special clinical interest in breast, skin, and GI malignancies. She received training in all major modalities of Radiation Therapy cancer treatment, including Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) and Stereotactic Radiosurgery.
Special clinical interest in all applicable malignancies that require radiation therapy. Dr. Stephen Andrews has published several peer-reviewed manuscripts and made numerous presentations at nationally recognized meetings on the topics of prostate cancer and soft tissue sarcomas.
Spending a lifetime enjoying the harsh Australian sun took a toll on Brett’s skin. Brett’s scalp and face were treated with radiation therapy and are now free from non-melanoma skin cancer. We work closely with our Australian GenesisCare skin specialists to bring this technique and results to a GenesisCare center near you.