Bladeless Therapy for Skin Cancer

To find out if you are a candidate for Superficial Electron Therapy, fill out the form below, or call 813-773-2456.

What is Superficial Electron Therapy?

Superficial electron therapy also known as electron-beam therapy, is a non-invasive alternative to surgery for non-melanoma skin cancer, specifically Basal Cell Carcinoma and Squamous Cell Carcinoma.

Non-melanoma skin cancers often develop in the outermost layer of the skin, which means that treatment only needs to penetrate the “superficial” layer, or first layer, of the skin, such as millimeters deep. With electron-beam therapy, a precise, low-energy electron beam targets the precise depth of the lesion and spares any non-cancerous tissue surrounding the lesion.

Benefits of Superficial Electron Therapy

Superficial electron therapy has several benefits, including:

  • No anesthesia required
  • No recovery time
  • No cutting
  • In-and-out appointments
  • High cure rate
  • No limitations or restrictions
  • Treatment is completed in minutes

Why Superficial Electron Therapy?

Basal cell carcinoma is the most common skin cancer in the United States. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, it is estimated that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. 

While Mohs surgery is a well-documented and effective treatment for skin cancer, superficial electron therapy makes for an appealing alternative for patients seeking non-invasive treatment with potentially better cosmetic outcomes for skin cancer. This treatment is well-suited for treating cosmetically and functionally sensitive areas, such as the nose, ears, lips or around the eyes.  

Superficial electron therapy works by damaging the cancerous cells while minimizing any damage to healthy, normal cells without creating any incisions in the skin. The total length of treatment time will be dependent on several factors, such as the size and location of the cancer. 

In most cases, treatment can be completed in 10 to 30 sessions, with each session lasting less than five minutes. Patients can return to their normal daily routines (meetings, social engagements, recreational sports and even swimming) right after the treatment visit. Superficial electron therapy requires no recovery time. Another benefit of superficial electron therapy is that patients may remain on prescribed blood thinners or other medications without any interruptions.

Superficial Electron Therapy: How It Works

Superficial electron therapy consists of very tiny electrically charged particles generated in a linear accelerator. The charged electron particles are directed at the designated tumor area and release a controlled dose to the cancer tissue. The non-penetrating electron beam kills cancer cells.

Treatment visits are brief – five minutes or less – but the therapy as a whole generally requires multiple visits. At ForCare Medical Center, treatment is usually completed in three to four weeks of daily treatments five days a week.

Fast, Easy and Effective

You don’t need to worry about long visits at the doctor’s office or treatment slowing your life down. With electron-beam therapy, you can get back to your normal daily routine right after your treatment session. No cutting, no limitations or restrictions and no downtime.

Superficial electron therapy is now available at ForCare Medical Center.

Superficial Electron Therapy FAQs

How does superficial electron therapy work?

Cancer cells, unlike normal healthy cells, have a reduced ability to repair damage from superficial electron therapy. The electron beam is created by a computer-controlled medical linear accelerator that produces a pure therapy beam that is customized to the cancer site.

Unlike older technologies that use penetrating X-rays or strong, high-dose radioactive sources, the electron beam system used at ForCare Medical Center protects healthy tissues. It works by delivering a series of small electron beam treatments to the cancer site that destroys cancer cells but allows healthy cells to heal.

How effective is superficial electron therapy?

Superficial electron beam treatment is very effective at destroying both basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas. Most of the published studies report cure rates ranging from 90% to 98%. However, many factors can affect the likelihood of cure, including the cancer size and location, the subtype of histology, if the cancer was treated previously, etc.

How long does the treatment take?

The total length of treatment time depends on several factors, including the size and location of the cancer and the overall desired cosmetic outcome. Most patients complete treatment in 10 to 30 sessions, each lasting less than five minutes. The longer treatment courses tend to deliver better cosmetic results. Throughout the course of treatment, normal everyday activities can be continued, including work and sports. There are no restrictions or limitations.

What are the side effects of  superficial electron therapy?

Side effects are limited to the treatment site. The type of side effects experienced depends on the size and location of the cancer and the length of treatment. In general, most patients gradually develop skin irritation or a sunburn-like redness in the treatment area.

Prescription creams or lotions are available to help the healing process. Side effects do not usually begin until the second or third week of treatment and peak a few days after treatment is completed. Then, over the course of two to four weeks, the side effects gradually dissipate.

Is superficial electron therapy covered by insurance?

Superficial electron therapy is a medically accepted form of treatment for skin cancer. It is covered by Medicare and most major insurance carriers. One of our billing specialists can confirm your insurance benefits to determine any out-of-pocket expenses you may incur with this treatment.

 Getting Started with Superficial Electron Therapy is Easy!

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To find out if you are a candidate for Superficial Electron Therapy, fill out the form below, or call 813-773-2456.

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