Skin Cancer, Nonmelanoma
Reference Radiation therapy may be used to treat skin cancers in some cases. It may also be recommended for people who may not be able to have surgery because of the location of the skin cancer. Radiation therapy may also be a treatment choice if age or other health conditions make surgery too risky. Radiation therapy is most often used for older adults. It may lead to other skin cancers in younger people as they age.
Radiation therapy may be an effective treatment for people who have low-risk, shallow cancers, such as Reference squamous cell carcinoma in situ (Bowen's disease) Opens New Window.
Other treatments for people who cannot have surgery or radiation include Reference photodynamic therapy (PDT), which uses medicines and a special light to treat skin cancer on or very close to the surface of the skin.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference October 2, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Amy McMichael, MD - Dermatology