What is Superficial Radiation Therapy (SRT)?
Superficial Radiation Therapy (SRT) is a low energy radiation therapy that goes no deeper than the thickness of the skin. It is a proven non-invasive procedure that has been used to treat non-melanoma skin cancers for more than 50 years.
Why You Might Need SRT
Radiation is a very important tool in the fight against cancer. When radiation interacts with a cancerous cell, it alters the cell’s DNA and its ability to reproduce, which ultimately leads to cell death in the cancerous tumor.
SRT is ideal for patients with existing medical conditions that make surgery a serious health risk. SRT is also an ideal option for those who are allergic to anesthesia, as the procedure requires none. SRT is also an effective way to treat keloid scars – scar tissue that develops around a wound that can be dome-shaped, shiny, itchy, and painful. A precise and targeted low dose of SRT following surgical removal can prevent the regrowth of a new keloid.
How SRT Works
SRT delivers a precise, calibrated dose of radiation that only goes skin deep. This low dose of radiation safely destroys non-melanoma skin cancer cells. Performed in the doctor’s office, SRT yields optimum results for non-melanoma skin cancer patients without the negative side effects of other invasive treatment options.
Benefits of SRT
The treatment has several advantages over surgical procedures. Before SRT, surgery for skin cancer involved incisions that damaged healthy tissue and often led to painful healing, a lengthy recovery time, and scarring. SRT leads to a faster recovery process and leaves no scarring, eliminating the need for post-reconstructive surgery. It also requires no anesthesia and is virtually painless, involving only a very short treatment session.