Image-Guided Superficial Radiation Therapy

Polley Clinic of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery PA

Board Certified Dermatologists located in Roanoke Rapids, Rocky Mount, Wilson, South Smithfield, Goldsboro & Fayetteville, NC

More than 9,500 people in the United States receive a skin cancer diagnosis every day. Removal of the cancerous lesion is the primary treatment. Polley Clinic of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery PA, with offices in Roanoke Rapids, Rocky Mount, Wilson, Smithfield, Goldsboro, and Fayetteville, North Carolina, offers image-guided superficial radiation therapy for removing non-melanoma cancer and unattractive keloids. The dermatology practice has five radiation therapy centers. To schedule a consultation, call the office closest to you or book online today.

 

According to the skin cancer foundation:

The diagnosis and treatment of nonmelanoma skin cancers in the U.S. increased by 77 percent between 1994 and 2014, and this trend continues.

About 90 percent of nonmelanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.

An estimated 4.3 million cases of Basal cell carcinoma (BCC), and more than 1 million cases of Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) are diagnosed in the U.S. each year

The latest figures suggest that more than 15,000 people die of squamous cell carcinoma of the skin in the U.S. each year— more than twice as many as from melanoma.

More than 5,400 people worldwide die of nonmelanoma skin cancer every month.

Organ transplant patients are approximately 100 times more likely than the general public to develop squamous cell carcinoma.

Image-Guided Superficial Radiation Therapy (IG-SRT) is the Polley Clinic treatment of choice with a cure rate of 99.6%.

Polley Clinic of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery PA has five Image-Guided Superficial Radiation Therapy (IG-SRT) centers, in Roanoke Rapids, Rocky Mount, Smithfield, and two in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Polley Clinic also offers a free-shuttle service between the Goldsboro office and the Smithfield Image-Guided Superficial Radiation Therapy (IG-SRT) center.

Keloid scar treatment is also treated by a combination of surgery and Image-Guided Superficial Radiation Therapy (IG-SRT).

To schedule a consultation, call us or request an appointment online today.

Image-Guided Superficial Radiation Therapy Q & A

What is image-guided superficial radiation therapy?

Image-guided superficial radiation therapy is a non-surgical treatment option for treating non-melanoma skin cancer lesions and keloids.

Image-Guided Superficial Radiation Therapy (IG-SRT) is indicated ONLY for the treatment of nonmelanoma skin cancer.

The cure rate for nonmelanoma skin cancer treated with Image-Guided Superficial Radiation Therapy (IG-SRT) is 99.6% (greater than with Mohs surgery).

Polley Clinic of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery PA uses the Sensus® Healthcare SRT-100™ for image-guided superficial radiation therapy.

“Image-Guided” means that our radiation therapy machines are equipped with ultrasound imaging.  This allows us to “see” the size and depth of your tumor and to use that information to plan the most successful treatment.

  • 95% cure rate
  • Short treatment sessions
  • No anesthesia, cutting, bleeding, or stitching
  • No downtime
  • No unsightly scars
  • No need for post-treatment reconstructive surgery
  • Painless
  • Up to 3 lesions at a time can be treated, saving your time, money, travel, etc.
  • All hair in the treatment field will be lost.

 

How does Image-Guided Superficial Radiation Therapy (IG-SRT) work?

Image-Guided Superficial Radiation Therapy (IG-SRT) works by delivering precisely calculated doses of superficial radiation therapy that only penetrates to the second layer your skin.  Bone and deeper structures of your body are not affected.  You will not be radioactive.

Keloid scar treatment is also treated by a combination of surgery and Image-Guided Superficial Radiation Therapy (IG-SRT).

What happens during Image-Guided Superficial Radiation Therapy (IG-SRT)?

Prior to each treatment, the radiation therapy technician will ask you to identify the areas to be treated with the aid of photographs.  You will sign two quality assurance forms.

You will be placed in a comfortable chair and customized lead shields will be placed on the areas where your skin cancers will be treated.  Once the radiation machine is moved into place, the radiation therapy technician will leave the room and turn on the IG-SRT machine.  It will automatically shut off when the treatment is finished, usually no more 25-30 seconds.  Your total treatment time is usually only taking a few minutes and may be conducted daily for several weeks.

Image-Guided Superficial Radiation Therapy (IG-SRT) treats lesions on your arms, legs, back, and trunk. It also works especially well on skin cancers located on the head and neck, especially along the fold of the nose, eyelids, lips, corner of the mouth, and the lining of the ear. 

How can Image-Guided Superficial Radiation Therapy (IG-SRT) help keloids?

Keloids are unsightly, sometimes painful, raised, thick scars. Surgery, acne, chickenpox, piercings, and burns may cause keloids. A combination of surgery and Image-Guided Superficial Radiation Therapy (IG-SRT) at Polley Clinic is an effective treatment for treating keloids and is a good option for individuals genetically prone to keloids.

Patients of all skin types who undergo treatment with Image-Guided Superficial Radiation Therapy (IG-SRT) for their keloids enjoy cure rates of 90% or higher.

For a skin cancer evaluation or to learn more about Image-Guided Superficial Radiation Therapy (IG-SRT) call us or request an appointment online today.