Radiation therapy in dermatology: Non-melanoma skin cancer

Nikoo Cheraghi, Armand Cognetta, David Goldberg

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Abstract

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. D

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)464-469
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Drugs in Dermatology
Volume16
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2017

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