A Ray of Hope Skin Cancer Program

Jupiter Medical Center offers the latest innovation in skin cancer treatment - Superficial Electron Beam Radiotherapy. This Medicare-approved technology offers a non-surgical alternative to treat localized skin cancers - both basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas. This therapy is particularly suited to therapy for cancers found on the face - including the nose, ears and eyelids.

Superficial Electron Beam Radiotherapy utilizes state-of-the-art linear accelerators to generate a therapeutic beam that can destroy skin cancers while often maintaining excellent cosmetic results. Each treatment takes only minutes, and is entirely painless and requires no anesthesia or cutting (therapy is as simple as a chest x-ray). Patients do not need to take any time off work (or play) and can continue their lives normally without interruption. There is no need to stop medications (such as blood thinners) during treatment.

 
How Does Radiotherapy Work?
A computer-controlled, pinpoint radiation beam precisely targets skin cancer cells, sparing normal tissues beneath the surface. A small dose of radiation is delivered daily and destroys thousands of cancer cells, by attacking their DNA. Each night, your own skin cells repair the radiation effects and can regenerate. Fortunately, cancer cells do not have the ability to recover from radiation effects as well as normal healthy tissues. After an average of only 10 to 15 quick sessions, the skin cancer "melts away." Normal skin does become red and inflamed by the end of treatment (much like a sunburn), however, healthy skin cells usually recover from the effects of radiation within a week or so.

Once healed, it is often difficult to see where the treatment was delivered. Cosmetic results are good to excellent for the majority of patients. Having been perfected over the past ten years, Superficial Electron Beam Radiotherapy should be considered by those facing possible cosmetic alterations from surgery, or for whom surgery could pose a health risk. Long-term studies have demonstrated the success of treating both small and large skin cancers with radiotherapy.

If you have been diagnosed with skin cancer, be sure to ask your doctor today to explain all of your treatment options. Call Jupiter Medical Center's Radiation Oncology Department at (561) 263-4400 to learn more about Superficial Electron Beam Radiotherapy treatment for skin cancer.
 

                   
Eye cancer before radiation therapy.               Eye cancer after radiation therapy.

 

                
Cheek cancer before radiation therapy.          Cheek cancer after radiation therapy.