Superficial radiotherapy skin healing process

Side Effects of superficial radiotherapy

Superficial radiotherapy offers a 90-95% cure rate and is an exceptional non-surgical treatment option for non-melanoma skin cancers. Treatment is typically offered over a 3 – 4 week period, with the skin expected to react in a predicable fashion.

The diagram below explains the expected skin changes for an average patient over a four-week course of treatment. Effects are isolated to the area of skin cancer only. Superficial radiotherapy does not impact any other areas of the body.

The skin healing process

Skin healing process

Please note, there’s a 5 – 10% chance over 10 years that the treatment doesn’t cure the cancer. If this occurs, salvage surgery will be required. For more information about superficial radiotherapy, please click here.

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