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People say the glow of a tan makes them look healthier, but tanning is actually the skin's reaction to harmful UV ray exposure. UVA and UVB rays from the sun or a tanning bed damage the skin and can lead to skin cancer.1 Indoor tanning is especially dangerous causing a 74% increased risk for melanoma, compared to those who have never used a tanning bed.2
Minimally invasive skin cancer treatment at Arizona Oncology
Radiation therapy is an effective, less invasive treatment option for many different types of skin cancer, including basal cell carcinoma, which accounts for 90% of all skin cancers in the US, without surgery. Patients treated with radiation typically experience less scarring, which is especially important in highly visible areas, such as the face and neck. Arizona Oncology treats patients with external beam radiation, High Does Rate (HDR) Brachytherapy and chemotherapy treatment options for skin cancer.
High Dose Rate (HDR) Brachytherapy
For appropriate patients, HDR Brachytherapy provides an effective skin cancer treatment alternative to surgery with few side effects. Fast, powerful and precise, this technology offers patients optimal convenience and minimal disruption to daily life. HDR Brachytherapy is typically delivered in 3-5 minutes sessions over the course of 6-10 treatments. Using a highly concentrated dose of radiation, HDR Brachytherapy focuses on the tumor with a more superficial beam. As a result, less radiation is delivered to patient’s deeper, healthy tissues.
1American Cancer Society, 2010
2 FDA Consumer Health Information, US Food and Drug Administration, May, 2010
Using an external beam or HDR Brachytherapy, radiation can be used to treat:
- Basal Cell Carcinoma
- Squamous Cell Carcinoma
- Classic Kaposi Sarcoma
- Merkel Cell Carcinoma
- Cutaneous T-cell Lymphoma
Benefits of HDR Brachytherapy for Skin Cancer
- Customized for each individual patient
- Performed in a convenient outpatient setting
Chemotherapy treatment options
With treatments not limited to just Radiation, Arizona Oncology also offers advanced chemotherapy and infusion treatment for appropriate skin cancer patients.