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F123 - Outpatient Radiotherapy of Skin Cancer: Back to the Future

Monday, February 19; 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Learning Objectives

Following this course, the attendee should be able to:

  • Outline a brief history of superficial radiation therapy underscoring its significance as a therapeutic tool in dermatology over the last century.
  • Define the basics of radiation physics, radiobiology, dosimetry, treatment planning and delivery as they apply to the treatment of non-melanoma skin cancers.
  • Discuss the basics of setting up and integrating radiotherapy into a dermatologic practice and also the appropriate selection criteria for its usage.


Superficial radiation therapy has played a major role in the treatment of skin cancer by dermatologists for over a century. In recent years, the use of radiotherapy for non-melanoma skin cancer has declined due to advancement and great success of Mohs surgery. This session highlights the resurgence of superficial radiation therapy by dermatologists for select skin cancers in patients who desire to avoid surgery or who are poor surgical candidates due to various medical co-morbidities or contraindications. We will review the history, physics, dosimetry, efficacy, judicious selection of lesions, and safe practical application of this time honored modality.


  • Cohen, George F., MD: no financial relationships exist with commercial interests.
  • Green, William H., MD: no financial relationships exist with commercial interests.
  • Kent, David E., MD: no financial relationships exist with commercial interests.
  • Roth, William I., MD: Sensus Healthcare – A(OB), SP(H);
  • Stoddard, Earl R., MD: no financial relationships exist with commercial interests.
Monday, February 19
9:00 AM
Dr. Green / 1. Overview/primer this will include a brief history of RT, rudimentary physics of RT, treatment planning, shielding, examples
9:15 AM
Dr. Green / 2. Applied physics, dosimetry and treatment planning
9:30 AM
Dr. Kent / 3. Is my practice ready for superficial RT? Getting started.
9:45 AM
Dr. Green / 4. Efficacy of SRT
9:50 AM
Dr. Wolfe / 5. Radiobiology of SRT
10:15 AM
Dr. Roth / 6. Documentation of simulation, X-ray planning, Dosimetry, Daily Treatment, Weekly planning, X-ray logs.
10:30 AM
Dr. Cohen / 7. Superficial RT and Keloids
10:45 AM
All faculty / 8. Panel discussion/ Q&As
Event Details
  • Date
    Monday, February 19
  • Time
    9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Location
    Room 28A
  • CME Credits
  • Type
  • William H. Green, MD, FAAD
  • David E. Kent, MD, FAAD
  • Earl R. Stoddard, MD, FAAD
  • George F. Cohen, MD, FAAD
  • William I. Roth, MD, FAAD