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Outpatient Radiotherapy of Skin Cancer: Back to the Future
Monday, March 04
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Armand B. Cognetta, Jr., MD, FAAD - Handout
- William H. Green, MD, FAAD
- David E. Kent, MD, FAAD
- Michael D. Zanolli, MD, FAAD
- Daniel I. Zivony, MD, FAAD - Handout
Following this course, the attendee should be able to:
- 1. Describe the basics of radiation physics and their application to the treatment of skin diseases.
- 2. Describe the recent advances in radiation treatment for out-patient skin cancers in a dermatologist's office.
- 3. Identify factors for consideration when selecting patients and skin tumors for treatment with radiation therapy and recognize the benefits and risks to patients treated with this modality.
Radiation therapy has played a role in the treatment of skin cancers for many decades. In recent years, however, the use of radiotherapy for non-melanoma skin cancer has been substituted by Mohs and larger surgical excision techniques with flaps or grafts. This session highlights the resurgence of targeted photon radiotherapy in the dermatology office as a viable, cost-effective, and cosmetically attractive alternative to surgery in selected cancers for patients considered high risk for surgical procedures due to various disorders, diabetic and cardiac diseases, or for patients with non-melanoma skin cancers on the facial region.