Melanoma is one of the most prevalent forms of cancer and most commonly results from overexposure to the sun. While these strange patches of skin appear small, they become dangerous when left untreated. If you notice one of the ABCDE’s in a mole, it’s time for a checkup:
- Odd or Undefined Borders
- Strange Color
- Large Diameter
- Evolving or Growing Mole
These symptoms should not be taken lightly. Regular skin exams by a professional can be life-saving. We can help you prevent, detect and treat all forms of skin cancer.
Pre-Cancerous Treatment Options:
Image-Guided Superficial Radiotherapy (IG-SRT) offers a non-invasive treatment approach for the most common types of non-melanoma skin cancers. IG-SRT is an FDA-approved treatment for eligible basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas. As the only office in the Grand Rapids and Petoskey area to
offer IG-SRT, our team is committed to providing options to best fit you.
IG-SRT uses low-energy x-rays, like that of the levels used in dental x-rays, over the course of several treatments. These levels of x-rays are both safe and effective when used to treat superficial skin cancers. Treatments are administered by our board-certified radiation therapist, under the supervision of your dermatologist.
IG-SRT is the only skin cancer treatment with high-frequency ultrasound imaging. This allows your doctor to visualize the cancer, precisely target the tumor, and watch it shrink over the course of treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How long would I be in the office for treatment?
- Treatment appointments are scheduled for about 10 minutes.
Do I have to limit what I do during treatment?
- One benefit of IG-SRT is no interruption to your everyday activities.
How many treatments would I need?
- The most typical course of treatment is 3-4 visits per week for a total of 5-7 weeks.
What are the most common types of skin cancer?
- The most common types of skin cancer are: Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC), Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) and Melanoma.
What is the healing time after the treatments are complete?
- IG-SRT offers a short healing time of about 3-4 weeks.
Patient Success Stories: Before IG-SRT vs. After IG-SRT
Analysis of Image‑Guided Superficial Radiotherapy (IG-SRT) on the treatment of early‑stage non‑melanoma skin cancer (NMSC) in the outpatient dermatology setting. Image-guided superficial radiation therapy (IGSRT)
Mohs surgery is one of the most effective techniques for treating common skin cancers. It's commonly used in treating basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas. The procedure is done in stages and includes lab work in between to allow for the highest cure rate. The procedure helps to spare healthy tissue and leave the smallest possible scar.