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Q: basal cell carcinoma radiation therapy how many

how many radiation treatments for basal cell skin cancer

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Merely Me, Health Guide
1/30/10 12:18pm

Hello there


I am going to give you the link to an article written by our Doctor Kevin Berman about the typical treatment for basal cell carcinoma.  The most common type of treatment for this particular type of skin cancer is excision.  Some people use Mohs surgery and others use topical creams.  It really does depend on how severe the cancer is. 


Here is some information from The National Cancer Institute about the use of radiation as a treatment for this type of skin cancer:  "Radiation therapy is a logical treatment choice, particularly for patients with primary lesions requiring difficult or extensive surgery (e.g., eyelids, nose, or ears).[5] Radiation therapy eliminates the need for skin grafting when surgery would result in an extensive defect. Cosmetic results are generally good to excellent with a small amount of hypopigmentation or telangiectasia in the treatment port. Radiation therapy can also be used for lesions that recur after a primary surgical approach."


Please know the following information comes from wikipedia so take it with a grain of salt.  They are not always the most reliable source of information but they say: 


"Radiation treatment often takes as few as 5 visits to as many as 25 visits for radiation therapy."


I think your best bet is to discuss all this with your doctor as each case is different.  Nobody can tell you how many treatments it may take except your doctor.


Hope this helps some!  Thank you for your question.

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