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Radiation Therapy For Skin Cancer

 

Treating Physicians: Dr. Alan Cohler, Dr. Sharad Goyal, Dr. Atif Khan, Dr. Rahul R Parikh

The skin is the body's largest organ. Its job is to protect internal organs against damage, heat and infection. The skin is also the most exposed organ to sunlight and other forms of harmful ultraviolet rays. There are three major types of skin cancer.

  • Basal cell carcinoma: The most common form of skin cancer. These cancers begin in the outer layer of skin (epidermis).
  • Squamous cell carcinoma: The second most common type of skin cancer. These cancers also begin in the epidermis.
  • Melanoma: The most serious skin cancer, it begins in skin cells called melanocytes that produce skin color (melanin).

If caught and treated early, most skin cancers can be cured. Be sure to talk to your doctor about anything unusual on your skin.

General Risk Factors For Skin Cancer

Facts About Skin Cancer

Signs Of Skin Cancer

Diagnosing Skin Cancer

Treating Skin Cancer

Understanding Radiation Therapy

External Beam Radiation Therapy

Potential Side Effects