What to Know About Radiation Therapy for Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer

radiation animation
You can't see or feel radiation, but it kills cancer cells.

The goal of radiation is to kill cancer cells by directing strong X-rays or other radiation at the site of the tumor. The radiation damages the cancer cells and stops them from growing and dividing. Radiation therapy is a local therapy, meaning that it affects the cancer cells only in the treated area. It is used most often if you are unable to have another treatment because of another medical condition, such as bleeding problems.

If you have radiation therapy, you will meet with a radiation oncologist. This doctor will estimate the size of your cancer. For example, the radiation oncologist may find that a growth such as a basal cell tumor may be larger under the surface of the skin than it appears to be on the surface. The radiation oncologist will then create a plan that details what kind of radiation therapy you will have and how long the therapy will last.

Connect with MLH

New Appointments
1.866.CALL.MLH

 Well Ahead Newsletter


STAY CONNECTED

Copyright 2014 Main Line Health

Printed from: www.mainlinehealth.org/stw/Page.asp?PageID=STW016076

The information provided in this Web site is for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for medical advice. All medical information presented should be discussed with your healthcare professional. See additional Terms of Use at www.mainlinehealth.org/terms. For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.