Radiotherapy for skin cancers is usually for patients over 60yrs, with large or difficult to treat tumours.
The advantage of radiotherapy for these tumours is that a skin graft or flap is avoided.
The treatment is painless and the patient does not feel sick or unwell.
The main disadvantage of radiotherapy treatment is that it requires attendance at the hospital 5 days a week for about 3 weeks.
Cure rates are high with radiotherapy.
The initial cosmetic result is excellent.
After 10 to 20 years a white or yellow scar develops in the area.
Aldara, Efudix and Photodynamic therapy (PDT) are not suitable treatment for invasive Squamous Cell Carcinoma