Skin cancer is by far the most prevalent form of cancer, but it’s highly treatable when caught early. At CenterPoint Radiation Oncology in Beverly Hills, California, Rosalyn Morrell, MD, treats all types of skin cancer, including melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma. She uses superficial electron beam radiotherapy to kill cancer cells in the skin’s surface without leaving a scar. To find out if radiation therapy for skin cancer is right for you, call the office or book an appointment online today.
Skin cancer is the result of abnormal skin cells that multiply uncontrollably. Skin cancer can develop on any part of your skin, but most often occurs in places that get a lot of sun exposure, like the face, neck, arms, and ears.
The three main types of skin cancer include basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), and melanoma. BCC is the most common type of skin cancer.
Signs and symptoms of skin cancer vary depending on the type:
BCC usually appears as a round, flesh-colored growth, a pinkish patch of skin, or a pearl-like bump.
The second-most common type of skin cancer, SCC can look like a firm red bump, a scaly patch of skin, or a sore that re-opens after healing. SCC may develop from an actinic keratosis, which is a precancerous growth that looks like a dry, scaly spot on your skin.
Melanoma is known as the most deadly form of skin cancer because it’s more likely to spread. Melanoma often develops in an existing mole, but it can appear suddenly as a new dark spot on your skin.
At CenterPoint Radiation Oncology, Dr. Morrell works closely with dermatologists to determine the best approach to skin cancer treatment.
Depending on the size, type, depth, and location of the skin cancer, treatment may include:
Dr. Morrell uses superficial radiation therapy to kill cancer cells in the surface of your skin, which avoids deep tissue damage and minimizes scarring. In some cases, radiation therapy may be a less-invasive alternative to surgery. Other times, Dr. Morrell may use radiation therapy to target an area where cancer cells remain after surgical treatment.
Radiation therapy is a noninvasive procedure that uses high-energy beams like X-rays to destroy cancer cells. During radiation therapy, you lie on a table or sit in a chair while a machine sends radiation beams to specific points on your body. You may receive multiple radiation therapy treatments.
For advanced care of skin cancer, call CenterPoint Radiation Oncology, or book an appointment online today.