Patient Case Study – Basal Cell Carcinoma

Pre-treatment                         Day 3 of treatment                  Day 11 of treatment             5 months post treatment

Day 11 5 months post

Patient Overview

This delightful 95-year-old man had only suffered sun spots prior to his diagnosis. He presented with two basal cell carcinoma’s (BCC); one on his nose and the other on his chin. The BCC on his nose was the more severe of the two and was already an open wound. Initially, he thought the BCCs were sores that wouldn’t heal, a very common theme with people suffering with this type of skin cancer. While he was experiencing mild discomfort as a result of occasional bleeding and tenderness, overall our patient was in terrific spirits.

Once the diagnosis was made, his referring doctor offered two treatment options; surgery or superficial radiotherapy to remove both BCCs. Together, the patient and his son opted for superficial radiotherapy due to the less invasive nature of superficial radiotherapy.

The treatment

Radiation Oncologist, Dr Colin Dicks initially met with the patient to confirm the diagnosis and to ensure our treatment was the most appropriate option, not only to treat the cancers, but for the patient himself. Our patient was prescribed 18 treatments over a course of four weeks on both BCC’s, which could be done simultaneously. The standard prescription for patients can be anywhere between 9 – 20 treatments over a two to four-week timeframe.

The treatment ran perfectly. The affected area formed a scab as the skin cancer died, leaving fresh new skin in its place. This was a terrific result considering his age and potentially suppressed immune system.

The outcome

The patient came back to see Dr Dicks five month after treatment had finished and everyone was delighted with the results. No trace of the BCC on his nose or chin was present and the skin had made a complete recovery, with barely any visible affects and no scarring.

Superficial radiotherapy is a terrific treatment option for those with non-melanoma skin cancers as it directly targets the affected skin cancer cell only, making it extremely safe and effective.

If you have any questions relating to superficial radiotherapy; the process, your suitability or result achieved, please contact us on 07 5348 9460, email admin@justskin.com.au or click here to read more on our website.

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