Wilmington, NC (PRWEB) April 05, 2013
Atlantic Dermatology Associates, P.A., a partner of DermOne, is proud to announce that as of January 1 they have begun using the Sensus SRT -100 for radiation therapy of skin cancers.
Superficial Radiotherapy (SRT) is a low-energy radiotherapy that penetrates only a short distance below the surface of the skin. It is a highly-effective, painless, and cosmetically attractive alternative to surgery in selected cancers and patient populations. The SRT-100 is the newest and most advanced choice for superficial radiotherapy available today. It is painless and very similar to having an x-ray. There are only currently two of these machines in use throughout the state of North Carolina and approximately a hundred in use worldwide.
At Atlantic Dermatology Associates, P.A., they are seeing a tremendous influx in the amount of skin cancer. The two most common types of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Skin cancer affects one out of four people in the course of their lifetime.
In the past, treatment options for basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma included surgical excision, Mohs surgery, cryosurgery and electrodessication. For many years radiation therapy had not been used frequently for the treatment of skin cancers.
Radiation therapy is an extremely important tool in the fight against squamous cell and basal cell skin cancer. Patients typically come in for a series of 12 treatments of radiation therapy; three times a week for four weeks. This radiation therapy is low energy radiotherapy that penetrates a short distance below the skin’s surface. When radiation interacts with a cancer it alters the cancer’s DNA and its ability to produce. This ultimately leads to the cancer cell’s death.
Atlantic Dermatology Associates will often use SRT- 100 for the treatment of the areas such as nose, ears, lower legs, areas that are cosmetically important and for patients who are at high risk for surgical procedures. Atlantic Dermatology Associates still performs surgical excision as well as Mohs surgery and other forms of treatment for skin cancer.
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends everyone has a skin exam at least once of year. Call the Atlantic Dermatology Associates today at 910-251-9944 to schedule an appointment.
About the company:
Atlantic Dermatology Associates, P.A. prides itself on being one of the most advanced Dermatology office s in the nation. They specialize in Cosmetic, Laser, Medical, and Surgical Dermatology. Laser hair removal and tattoo removal are among the cosmetic services provided. Established in 1994, the goal from day one has been to provide top quality skin health care and to be the gold standard for Eastern North Carolina. Patient satisfaction surveys speak for themselves with 98 percent of patients willing to recommend our practice to a friend. For more information, please visit http://www.atlanticdermatology.com.