Superficial radiotherapy is treatment of skin cancer using low energy X-rays.
It is known as superficial because it only penetrates the top layers of the skin (perfect for treatment of BCC and SCC) and spares the deeper underlying tissue from the effects of radiation. It’s a safe and effective way to cure skin cancer.
The history of superficial therapy
The discovery of X-rays in 1895 by William Roentgen revolutionised medicine. It is hard to imagine modern medicine without CT scans and X-rays or to consider cancer treatment without Radiation Oncology. Built on 120 years of experience, the physics, biology and effectiveness of radiotherapy via X-rays is well understood..
This superficial X-ray therapy has an established track record when treating skin cancer and it is undergoing a renaissance, particularly in treating skin cancer in an ageing population.
How it works
We use a machine called the Xstrahl 100 to deliver superficial X-rays with pinpoint accuracy.
The Xstrahl 100 is a modern superficial X-ray unit built to the highest medical and safety specifications in the United Kingdom. It delivers a gentle X-ray beam to the skin that damages the DNA of cancer cells, meaning they can’t survive. The dead cancer cells are eliminated and the skin recovers with good function and a great cosmetic outcome.
We chose this machine as we feel it is the best equipment of its kind available. Its patient affordability, product reliability and range of treatment options also played a significant part in this selection.
The superficial advantage
The Xstrahl machine delivers a precise radiation beam to the skin. We can calculate the depth of skin and provide the exact treatment required to the affected skin only.
Our treatment is faster, therapeutically better and more affordable than other treatment options such as electron therapy.
There are mandatory radiation protection regulations that must be met and maintained in order to keep you safe. All our treatments are delivered in accordance with the Radiation Health standards in Australia.
With a medical physicist on staff to ensure safety, we also carry out independent checks throughout each treatment plan. Our methodology is highly accurate with daily quality assurance, in addition to more intensive checks regularly performed by our physicist.
The risks associated with our treatment are very small but the benefits are very real.