What Is Image-Guided SRT?
Image-Guided SRT—a Pain-Free Cure for Basal and Squamous Cell Skin Cancers
No cutting, bleeding, pain, scarring, or reconstructive surgery
Treatment is easily done right in the dermatology office by a radiation therapist
Little wound care and no limits on your daily activities mean you can keep doing the things you love during treatment
99%+ cure rate, and ultrasound images let you see the skin cancer go away so you know that treatment is working
99%+ of people surveyed report being satisfied with their results and would recommend Image-Guided SRT to others
Listen to a radiation therapist talk about how Image-Guided SRT has helped her patients
How does Image-Guided SRT work?
Image-Guided SRT (Image-Guided Superficial Radiotherapy) kills skin cancer cells using low levels of X-ray energy. This energy is like what dentists use to X-ray teeth. It is given by a radiation therapist in a dermatologist’s office.
Treatment is given in small doses over time. For most people, this means 3 to 5 treatments per week for several weeks. Each treatment is painless and takes about 15 minutes.
Image-Guided 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.
Explore the Image-Guided SRT machine
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What are the side effects of Image-Guided SRT?
As with any medical procedure, there are some potential side effects of Image-Guided SRT.
- The most common side effects are usually mild to moderate irritation, redness, thinning, or breakdown of the skin that was treated, which may increase the risk for a skin infection.
- These side effects can be cared for by your doctor and usually go away within 2 to 6 weeks after treatment ends.
- Some people may notice that the skin that was treated becomes darker or lighter. Hair loss may also happen to the skin that was treated.
- Rare side effects include a skin ulcer that does not heal and another cancer forming in the same area 20 to 40 years after treatment
Is Image-Guided SRT covered by insurance?
Yes, Image-Guided SRT is covered by most insurances and Medicare.
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