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Dana Point Dermatologist

Skin Cancer Treatments 92629

At Advanced Dermatology, Inc., we know that the words “skin cancer” can be frightening, confusing, and extremely stressful to hear. But our Dana Point dermatologist is prepared to offer and recommend the right treatment for you, all depending on your individual situation and tailored to provide you the most efficient way to address skin cancer with the least amount of discomfort and side effects. In many instances, radiation therapy will be the best method.

San Clemente Radiation Therapy

San Clemente Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy for skin cancer works using high energy rays to disrupt the growth of cancer cells by damaging their genetic material. The goal is to eradicate the cancer cells and to cause minimal damage to the surrounding non-cancerous cells. Radiation therapy used by our Dana Point dermatologist is effective because your normal cells generally are capable of self-repair from any radiation damage, while cancer cells do not possess that ability and are destroyed.

While radiation therapy is an efficient too in the fight to treat skin cancer, you also need to be aware of the side effects that can occur as a result of this treatment. Many of them are temporary, such as fatigue; red, flaking, peeling, or shrinking skin; nausea; vomiting; and hair loss in the area of the skin that is being treated. Our Dana Point dermatologist will work with you to weigh the benefits of radiation therapy against the possibility of side effects and how they may impact you. There is a risk of side effects that are permanent. Among these is damaged salivary glands due to radiation. It is also possible to experience side effects long after your treatment. Among these are infertility; vaginal scarring; changes to the skin; bowel problems that can cause diarrhea, blood, or obstruction; memory loss; and chronic bladder or rectal irritation. Unfortunately, it is not possible to predict the precise likelihood of any given side effects, but your knowledge and understanding of them will assist in making an informed decision about your treatment.

Discuss your concerns and questions with our Dana Point dermatologist. Radiation therapy may not necessarily cure cancer, but it is a frequent and well accepted choice in the treatment of skin cancer.

Radiation Therapy Dana Point
34213 Pacific Coast Hwy
Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 248-4547

Dana Point Skin Care Dermatologist

Our Dana Point skin cancer dermatologist uses brachytherapy as a type of radiation therapy to treat cancer. Radiation therapy is the use of a type of energy, referred to as ionizing radiation, to shrink tumors and kill cancer cells. Brachytherapy at Advanced Dermatology, Inc. involves placing a radioactive material directly inside or next to the tumor. Also called internal radiation therapy, it allows our Dana Point skin cancer dermatologist to use a higher total dose of radiation to treat a smaller area and in a shorter time.

Used by our Dana Point skin cancer dermatologist to treat cancers throughout the body, including the head and neck, prostate, skin, breast, gallbladder, vagina, uterus, lung, rectum, and eye, brachytherapy can be either temporary or permanent. With temporary brachytherapy, a highly radioactive material is placed inside a catheter, or thin tube, for a specific amount of time and then taken out. Temporary brachytherapy can be administered at a low-dose rate (LDR) or high-dose rate (HDR). Permanent brachytherapy, also called seed implantation, involves putting radioactive seeds, or pellets, in or near the tumor. These seeds are about the size of a grain of rice and are left there permanently. The radioactivity level of the implants eventually diminishes to nothing after several months. The seeds that are inactive remain in the body, and have no lasting effect on the patient.

Different types of radioactive material may be used by our Dana Point skin cancer dermatologist, depending on the type of brachytherapy. Some types of radiation sources used in brachytherapy are Iodine, Cesium, Palladium, and Iridium. In all cases of brachytherapy, however, the source of radiation is enclosed within a non-radioactive metallic capsule. By the source of radiation being encapsulated, it prevents the radioactive materials from entering the patient’s body. After precise positioning of the device has been confirmed, the radiation sources are then inserted.

To plan treatment, a computer is used to help calculate the source position and the amount of time necessary to deliver the desired dose of radiation. Our Dana Point skin cancer dermatologist will determine which preparations need to be done prior to your brachytherapy procedure which may include, pre-treatment ultrasound, MRI or CT scan, blood tests, Electrocardiogram, or chest X-rays. Our doctor may also use computer programs to plan the brachytherapy before the actual treatment procedure.

Skin Cancer Treatments Dana Point
34213 Pacific Coast Hwy
Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 248-4547