This new machine should reduce the need for skin cancer surgeries in some patients and potentially offer a better cosmetic outcome.
Keller, Texas (PRWEB) May 06, 2013
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, one in five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime. The good news is that skin cancer is highly curable if detected and treated early. Up until now, the primary course of treatment for all types of skin cancer was surgery. Dermatology Alliance-Keller in Fort Worth, Texas, now offers a safe, non-invasive way to treat non-melanoma skin cancer with its new superficial radiation therapy (SRT) machine.
Known as the SRT-100™ manufactured by Sensus Healthcare, there are only 100 of the specially-designed machines available to dermatology offices across the country. Dermatology Alliance-Keller is the first dermatology practice in Fort Worth, and one of only a few in Texas, to offer the non-surgical skin cancer treatment.
According to R. Todd Plott, M.D., a board certified dermatologist and founder of Dermatology Alliance-Keller, the SRT-100 offers patients a safe skin cancer treatment alternative to surgery that has not been widely available.
"We've known for many years that skin cancer is treatable with radiation, but the technology wasn't advanced enough to deliver adequate results," explains Dr. Plott, noting he will also treat patients from their sister practice, Southlake Dermatology. "This new machine should reduce the need for skin cancer surgeries in some patients and potentially offer a better cosmetic outcome."
The SRT-100 can be safely used to treat non-melanoma skin cancer, including basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas, on the face and other areas of the body. SRT is a low energy radiotherapy that goes no deeper than the thickness of the skin. It is a proven non-invasive procedure that has been used to treat non-melanoma skin cancer for over 50 years and is highly recognized and reimbursable by most insurance companies. Because the superficial x-rays concentrate radiation dose on the skin surface, the treatment has several advantages over surgical procedures:
- Virtually painless
- Very short procedure time
- Heightened safety
- No anesthesia requirement
- Minimal to no scarring
- Virtually no post-surgical infections
- Lesser chance for recurrence
- Faster healing process
- Virtually no need for reconstruction after procedure
"Dermatology Alliance-Keller and Southlake Dermatology treat approximately 1,200 skin cancer case a year, so we expect this new treatment to be of tremendous health value to our patients. Most importantly, the SRT-100 has a cure rate of 95 to 98 percent."
For more information about non-surgical skin cancer treatment in Dallas Fort Worth, go to http://www.dermatologyalliancekeller.com or call 817-431-6555.