Radiation Therapy in Dermatology: Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer
May 2017 | Volume 16 | Issue 5 | Original Article | 464 | Copyright © 2017
Nikoo Cheraghi MD,a Armand Cognetta Jr. MD,b and David Goldberg MDc
aNew York Medical College, Dermatology, New York, NY bFlorida State University College of Medicine, Dermatology, Tallahassee, FL cSkin Laser & Surgery Specialists of New York and New Jersey, New York, NY; Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY; University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Rutgers Medical School, Newark, NJ
Background: Dermatologists were historically well versed in the use of radiation therapy for the management of non-melanoma skin cancers and various inflammatory dermatologic conditions. With the advent of Mohs micrographic surgery and therapeutic discoveries for treating inflammatory dermatoses, radiotherapy assumed loss of a role in the clinical repertoire of the dermatologist. In recent years, its importance has again been realized for the management of non-melanoma skin cancers not amenable to surgical treatment or as adjuvant or palliative therapy.
Objective: To review the evolving use of radiation therapy in the treatment of non-melanoma skin cancer.
Methods and Materials: All published literature regarding the applications of radiotherapy for the treatment of non-melanoma skin cancer were analyzed and collated.
Results: A comprehensive review of radiotherapy for the treatment of non-melanoma skin cancer was outlined.
Conclusion: Dermatologists should be well versed in radiation therapy in order to deliver the best possible care for patients, as radiotherapy is an important adjuvant tool for the treatment of non-melanoma skin cancer.
J Drugs Dermatol. 2017;16(5):464-469.
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