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Benefits of Image-Guided Superficial Radiation Therapy (IG-SRT) for Skin Cancers at Fargo Center for Dermatology

Posted 3/26/24 (Tue)


In the battle against skin cancer, treatment options have continuously evolved to provide patients with safer, more effective alternatives. Among these innovations, Image-Guided Superficial Radiation Therapy (IG-SRT) has emerged as a game-changer, offering a non-invasive and highly targeted approach to treating various types of skin cancer.

Let's explore the benefits of this cutting-edge therapy

IG-SRT utilizes advanced imaging technology to precisely target cancerous lesions while sparing healthy surrounding tissue. Unlike traditional radiation therapy methods, which may require larger treatment fields, IG-SRT allows for pinpoint accuracy, minimizing collateral damage and reducing the risk of side effects. One of the primary advantages of IG-SRT is its non-invasive nature. Patients undergoing this therapy typically experience minimal discomfort, with no need for surgical incisions or anesthesia. This aspect not only enhances patient comfort but also promotes quicker recovery times, allowing individuals to resume their daily activities with minimal interruption. In addition to its therapeutic efficacy, IG-SRT offers cosmetic benefits that are particularly appealing to patients concerned about scarring or disfigurement. By precisely targeting cancerous lesions, the therapy helps preserve the natural appearance of the skin, minimizing the risk of unsightly scars or deformities. This aspect is especially significant for lesions located in cosmetically sensitive areas, such as the face or neck or for more challenging surgical closure sites on ears, scalp, hands, or legs.

This is a great treatment option for those patients who have surgery contraindications or who are higher risk surgical patients such as those on blood thinners or who have increased risks for infection.

IG-SRT is associated with minimal side effects compared to traditional radiation therapy approaches. Most patients experience mild skin reactions, such as redness or temporary irritation, which typically resolve within a few weeks following treatment. Image-Guided Superficial Radiation Therapy represents a significant advancement in the management of skin cancer, offering a potent combination of precision, effectiveness, and patient comfort. With its ability to deliver targeted radiation therapy and high skin cancer cure rates, IG-SRT has emerged as a preferred treatment option for many patients facing skin cancer diagnoses.

We want all patients to be fully educated on all their skin cancer treatment options at Fargo Center for Dermatology (Surgical or Non-Surgical options). Fargo Center for Dermatology is proud to bring this technology to the patients of ND, allowing our patients to avoid having to drive out of state to get this advanced skin cancer treatment.

Dr. Rachel Ness

Dr. Ness is the owner of Fargo Center for Dermatology and has proudly provided care to her dermatology patients at the same practice since 2008. Dr. Ness is a board certified dermatologist through the American Board of Dermatology and serves as a fellow for the American Academy of Dermatology. Dr. Ness graduated from the University of North Dakota and the UND: School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Although she is a UND graduate, 


If you are interested in learning more about IG-SRT treatment for skin cancer, or to refer a patient, contact Fargo Center for Dermatology in Fargo, ND today. Our team of board-certified dermatologists and physician assistants aims to provide quality, prompt care to each of our patients for a quality experience.

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