Superficial Radiation Therapy with GentleCure

With skin cancer on the rise, and nearly four million Americans diagnosed with basal and squamous cell carcinoma annually, physicians and patients now have an additional treatment option for non-melanoma skin cancer known as Superficial Radition Therapy, or SRT for short.

At Pinnacle Dermatology, we are proud to offer GentleCure. The gold-standard in non-surgical treatment for nonmelanoma skin cancer.

Want to treat your skin cancer without surgery?

GentleCure is a gentle, surgery-free treatment that is safe and has a very high cure rate in most lower-risk basal and squamous cell skin cancers. Treatment is done right in the dermatology office over the course of 5-7 weeks using an advanced ImageGuided SRT machine. It is the only skin cancer treatment with ultra-sound imaging that lets you see the cancer on the screen and review the progress made throughout the course of treatment until there are no visible signs of cancer.

Superficial Radiation Therapy (SRT) Explained

Superficial radiation therapy involves the use of low-energy radiation to treat skin conditions, usually cancers or non-cancerous growths on or just beneath the skin's surface. Unlike deep radiation therapy, which penetrates deeper into the body, SRT specifically targets the outer layers of the skin.
 

What are the benefits of SRT?

  • Non-Invasive Treatment: SRT is a non-invasive treatment option, meaning there is no surgery involved. Patients typically lie comfortably during the sessions.
  • Localized Treatment: The radiation is targeted precisely to the affected area, minimizing damage to surrounding healthy tissue. This precision is particularly important when treating skin cancers on visible areas like the face.
  • Outpatient Procedure: SRT is often performed on an outpatient basis, allowing patients to go home the same day. The number of treatment sessions varies depending on the specific condition and the treatment plan.
  • Minimal Side Effects: Compared to traditional radiation therapy, SRT tends to have fewer side effects. 

How Pinnacle Dermatology and GentleCure Can Help

Pinnacle Dermatology offers a non-surgical skin cancer treatment option with Superficial Radiation Therapy.  SRT penetrates the skin’s surface with a precise dose of Superficial Radiation Therapy (SRT) to remove basal and squamous cell carcinomas. SRT can also be an appropriate non-surgical treatment option for keloids.

SRT safely destroys cancerous cells without damaging healthy surrounding tissue. Physicians view treatment areas with high-frequency ultrasound allowing them to thoroughly assess and target cancer cells with precision.

If you suspect that you have skin cancer or have recently been diagnosed and were told you need treatment, schedule an appointment with us today. We offer GentleCure (Image-Guided SRT)—the best non-surgical treatment for many common skin cancers. On your first visit, we will review your pathology report, discuss your treatment options, and work with you to determine the treatment plan that best meets your needs

SRT FAQs

SRT specifically targets the outer layers of the skin, minimizing impact on surrounding healthy tissue, and it's often shorter in duration compared to traditional radiation therapy.

SRT is commonly used for skin cancers like basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, as well as non-cancerous conditions like keloids and dermatological issues.

No, SRT is generally painless. Patients may feel a warm sensation during treatment, but discomfort is minimal.

Each session typically lasts a few minutes, and the entire treatment course may span several weeks, depending on the specific condition.

Yes, most patients can resume normal activities immediately after an SRT session.

Yes, follow-up appointments are typically scheduled to monitor progress and address any concerns. Regular check-ups help ensure the effectiveness of the treatment.

Why we chose to offer GentleCure (Image-Guided SRT)

There are several different radiation-based treatments available for skin cancer. But the safety, cure rates, and cosmetic outcomes vary based on the treatment technology and clinical protocols used. We chose GentleCure (ImageGuided SRT) because it is the only skin cancer treatment with advanced imaging that lets us see and measure the cancer and adapt the dose to precisely what you need at each stage of treatment. It has also been shown to be the safest and most effective of all radiation-based treatments for skin cancer with very good cosmetic results.

If you are considering radiation therapy to treat your skin cancer, make sure you are getting GentleCure (ImageGuided SRT) with adaptive radiotherapy protocols. It’s the safe, effective, and gentle way to treat skin cancer using the most advance treatment technology available today.

How to prepare for SRT?

Preparing for Superficial Radiation Therapy (SRT) is generally straightforward. Patients are advised to wear comfortable clothing, as the treatment area needs to be easily accessible. It's essential to inform your dermatology team about any medications, allergies, or existing skin conditions. Jewelry or accessories in the treatment area should be removed, and patients should avoid using lotions, creams, or makeup on the treatment site on the day of the session. Open communication with your provider is crucial to address any concerns or questions regarding the procedure. 

Overall, SRT preparation emphasizes simplicity and ensuring the targeted skin area is ready for the focused and effective treatment.

GentleCure (Image-Guided SRT) has a proven track record that is backed by science and clinical research.

At Pinnacle Dermatology, our team of dermatologists reviewed the published research and here is what we found:
  • In 2021, chart reviews were conducted for 1632 patients who had Image-Guided SRT to treat one or more early-stage basal or squamous cell skin cancers. Of those patients, 2917 skin cancers
    in total were treated. The results showed a short-term local response rate of 99% with Image-Guided SRT.
  • In 2022 and 2023, additional studies were published that showed the efficacy and safety of Image Guided SRT to be superior to non-image-guided forms of radiation therapy.
More information about the published research supporting the use of GentleCure (Image-Guided SRT) can be found here.