What Is Image-Guided SRT?
Image-Guided SRT—a Pain-Free Cure for Basal and Squamous Cell Skin Cancers
No cutting, bleeding, pain, surgical 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
Listen to a Radiation Therapist talk about how Image-Guided SRT has helped her patients
What is Image-Guided SRT?
Image-Guided SRT (Image-Guided Superficial Radiation Therapy) is a type of radiation used just for skin cancer. It 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.
Image-Guided SRT is the first and only radiation treatment for skin cancer that uses 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.
How is Image-Guided SRT different from other radiation treatments?
Image-Guided SRT is a surgery-free treatment that is not the same as other radiation treatments. Learn how Image-Guided SRT is different not only from radiation used to treat other types of cancer, like breast and prostate cancer, but also from other skin cancer radiation treatments.
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.
Learn more about what to expect with Image-Guided SRT