In radiation treatment of skin cancer, X-rays are used to destroy the cancerous cells. Many visits to the doctor will be required for a tumor to be completely eliminated. A fair amount of time is required. Radiation treatment is used against skin cancers that return many times or do not respond to any other form of treatment.
Radiation treatment is not the first and default choice for curing skin cancer, but in many patients it is the only available treatment. The condition or the health of the patient, or other circumstances may necessitate the use of radiation treatment.Radiation treatment may be used against skin cancers for many reasons. Other forms of treatment may be ruled out because of the patient’s other health conditions.
The area where the skin cancer is either too large or in an area that is not conducive to treatment with surgery are other reasons that radiation treatment might be sought. It is always possible that a skin cancer has been treated but is reoccurring frequently.
This type of treatment has been shown to have some success for difficult skin cancers. In patients who were experiencing a fifty percent reoccurrence of their skin cancer the radiation treatment dropped that number to twenty five percent.
There are some risks to treating skin cancer with radiation, however. You may develop new skin cancers in the area that surround the affected area. If the skin cancer reoccurs after the treatment it may be that much harder to treat because of the radiation. And you might experience damage to your healthy skin in the same area.
There are also side effects to consider when you are thinking about skin cancer radiation treatment. You will experience fatigue, nausea, hair loss and redness in the area. Generally the side effects will disappear when the treatment is stopped.
Your doctor should have already discussed this kind of treatment for your skin cancer if you are seriously considering it. You will need to be very careful in reviewing your situation, to ensure that this treatment suits your needs. Radiation may not be the best option for treating you skin cancer, and your doctor should consider all other treatment options before proceeding with radiation treatment.