Image-Guided SRT Compared to Mohs Surgery

Skin Cancer Can Be Cured Without Surgery

For years, Mohs surgery was the standard treatment for people with skin cancer. Now, people with basal or squamous cell skin cancers have Image-Guided SRT—the treatment option that cures skin cancer without surgery.

Learn about 2 skin cancer treatment options

Mohs Surgery

Mohs Surgery

Image-Guided SRT

Image-Guided SRT

The skin cancer is cut out of the skin, making a wound and leaving a scar.

Low amounts of X-ray energy are used to kill the cancer cells, which lets healthy skin grow back.

The size and depth of the skin cancer is only known after the cutting starts.

Uses SRT technology with ultrasound images to find, measure, and treat the skin cancer cells and see it shrink over time to be sure the cancer is cured.

Local anesthesia is used to dull the pain prior to cutting.

Anesthesia is not needed.

More than 1 surgery during the day may be needed to remove all the skin cancer.

Fifteen to 20 short treatment sessions (about 15 minutes) over the course of a couple weeks.

The surgery leaves wounds, which will need to be cared for by changing bandages, not showering, and not doing normal activities.

There is no bleeding or wounds, so you do not need to skip normal daily activities.

Scarring may need to be fixed with reconstructive surgery.

There is no scarring.

Only 1 skin cancer can be treated at a time.

More than 1 skin cancer can be treated at a time.

Mohs surgery works 96% to 98% of the time.

Image-Guided SRT cures over 99% of basal and squamous cell skin cancers.

What is important to you in a skin cancer treatment?

Image-Guided SRT may be the right option if you:

  • Fear surgery
  • Cannot have surgery because of other health problems
  • Have more than one skin cancers that need to be treated
  • Do not want the side effects of surgery (bleeding, scarring, pain, reconstructive surgery)
  • Care about how your skin looks after treatment
  • Want to see the cancer shrink and know treatment is working

Ask yourself these questions to help think about which treatment may be right for you

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Hear how others describe having Image-Guided SRT or Mohs surgery

IG-SRT Word Cloud: reassuring, excited, easy, painless, relieved, amazing, fast, terrific, relaxed, happy
Mohs Surgery word cloud: Scary, deformity, long, tough, painful, scared, scarring, cutting, bleeding, wound

See why Image-Guided SRT is recommended by over 99% of people