Radiation for skin cancer

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Radiation for skin cancer

Hi, I have a large Basal Cell Carcinoma on my scalp and am considering Radiation Therapy instead of Surgery as a treatment option. Is there anyone out there who has had Radiation for skin cancer, if so please share your experience??
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Re: Radiation for skin cancer

Hi Kazcook, I haven't had radiation but I have had outpatient surgery on my back and on my head for non-melanoma skin cancer, with local anesthetic injected around the occurrences beforehand. The surgery wasn't particularly painful and I found the procedure quite interesting. Personally I'd prefer outpatient surgery rather than radiation because radiation might take several sessions and produce painful side-effects and has small risks of radiation damage associated with it. Freezing the affected area with dry ice is another option for some people. I've had a small mole removed by the freezing technique and that was very simple and I don't remember any pain associated with it. But it might involve several visits to get a large area done or they may feel your carcinoma is too big and well-developed for that kind of treatment. You can read about basal cell carcinoma and its treatment options on the internet eg here http://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/basal-cell-carcinoma and there are more links here http://bestcancersites.com/skin/ . Good luck whatever option you choose 🙂 Ed.
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