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GentleCure™ treatment and more for skin cancer:

Image-Guided Superficial Radiation Therapy

GentleCure™ Logo Dermatology Specialists of Illinois blends considerable expertise with the latest, clinically proven, safe, and effective technologies to treat a range of skin conditions, including cancers. There have never been more technologies and treatment options for our patients in Algonquin, Woodstock, Lake Barrington, Huntley, and beyond.

Board-certified dermatologists Drs Vikram “Vic” Khanna and Lauren Boshnick are pleased to introduce GentleCure™ to our vast range of services to help patients put their skin diagnoses behind them. So they can get back to leading their fullest lives!

This revolutionary form of “Image-Guided Superficial Radiation Therapy” (IGSRT) lives up to its name as a kinder, gentler therapy for the skin that takes a tough approach to targeting certain skin cancers.

Effective treatment without surgery

GentleCure™ does not use cutting or incisions to remove skin cancers surgically. Instead, it is based on advancements in IGSRT technology. In fact, it is the first and only skin cancer therapy equipped with ultrasound imaging. This allows patients to visualize the cancer on a monitor. They can see progress at each stage in the treatment process until no visible signs of cancer are left behind.

An alternative to other radiation-based treatments, GentleCure™ largely supports optimal safety, outcomes, and aesthetics by also allowing our clinicians to see and measure the cancer. The advanced imaging that guides this type of SRT helps us to precisely tailor or adapt dosing to your needs at every step in your treatment journey.

Superficial Radiation Therapy explained by Dr. Vic Khanna

Superficial Radiation Therapy explained by Dr. Vic Khanna
Dr. Vic Khanna explains how superficial radiation therapy is used in treating skin cancers.
Dr. Khanna also says that this treatment is used to treat skin cancer for nearly a century and also they have treated about 1000 patients with superficial radiation therapy in the past few years.
Superficial Radiation Therapy is used to treat skin cancers.

This treatment has been used to cure skin cancers for nearly a century. During the last few years it has been made safe with the new machine and we have treated about 1000 patients already.

This is a painless and scarless treatment for skin cancer, which is really great.

This is a treatment for basal cell and squamous cell cancers, but not for melanoma skin cancer.

The other place where this treatment can be used is for keloid treatments and it is FDA approved. A keloid is a thick scar that occurs in patients who have had some injury to their skin.

Keloids are most common in individuals of colour with an Asian and African ancestry . These scars are unsightly and can be painful.

After these scars are removed once again, this treatment with superficial radiation therapy will be done for three consecutive days.

It offers 94% cure rate. This is the best treatment for keloid and we are excited about that.

Call Dermatology Specialists of Illinois at (844) 307-7546 to learn more about Superficial Radiation Therapy-SRT.

What to expect

Due to the gentle nature of this “cure,” there is no associated post-surgical care nor demands on your schedule and body for additional healing and reconstructive surgery. You can maintain your busy and healthy lifestyle throughout treatment—no downtime required.

Each treatment session essentially involves relaxing in one of our treatment chairs. Before administering radiotherapy, we prepare the images that guide precision treatment. This consists of applying ultrasound gel at the cancer site. With the assistance of an imaging wand, a detailed image of the cancer is rendered on a monitor. We review any images. You, too, can see the image for yourself, which enhances the understanding of your needs, treatment, and progress. Pictures truly speak volumes.

Leveraging accurate and clear imaging, we calculate the precise dose of x-ray energy that is necessary during each treatment session. This is based on the size and shape of the cancer. These images also help to guide and define the specific treatment site. With such powerful information in hand, we then apply precisely the correct dose to exactly the right treatment site – while leaving healthy tissues untouched.

Each session only takes about 15 minutes. Treatments are well-tolerated and can be safely completed several times a week. Treatment time varies based on several factors, but usually GentleCure™ takes about four to seven weeks.

Experience the benefits

The innovators behind GentleCure™, SkinCure® Oncology, report in a study of 12,000-plus patients, 99.9% were satisfied with their treatment decision and would recommend Image-Guided SRT to their friends and family. Additionally, they report that this comfortable and surgery-free approach has a more than 99% cure rate when treating basal and squamous cell cancers.

A world of options

Of course, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. There is no one quite like you. So, no two treatment plans will be the same. In addition to GentleCure™ Image-Guided SRT, Dermatology Specialists of Illinois offer a variety of other trusted treatments from our four Chicagoland area offices:

  • Mohs Micrographic Surgery – We are among a select group of dermatologists who have completed extensive training in this highly precise approach to treating certain cancers, from those in cosmetic areas (like the face) to challenging or recurrent cases. With MMS, cancer cells are removed, little by little and layer by layer, until no cancer is seen when viewed with a microscope. This allows for utmost tissue preservation and highly targeted treatment.
  • Excisional surgery – Trust our expertise to support optimal outcomes and minimize scarring. We can discuss reconstructive options as needed. This approach involves removing the cancerous tissue and small surrounding area (margin) of healthy skin with cutting instruments and techniques. It is tolerated well with localized anesthetic and can be used to remove all sorts of skin cancers.
  • Curettage with electrodessication – Our doctors can abrade away the cancer using a special device called a “curette.” After these layers of cancerous cells are removed, any remaining cells are destroyed or cauterized with the application of an electric needle. This procedure may be completed quickly, does not require sutures, and may be appropriate for basal cell and certain squamous cell cancers.
  • Chemotherapy – This cancer-fighting medication may be applied in a variety of different ways. As needed, topical creams or lotions are introduced directly to the skin. Or, the anti-cancer drug may be injected into the cancer. These options may present attractive alternatives to the side effects of systemic chemo and surgical intervention, respectively.
There is hope for a cure that is gentle and safe. We encourage anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer or who desires a second opinion to contact our team at Dermatology Specialists of Illinois today. With offices in Algonquin, Woodstock, Lake Barrington, and Huntley, IL, our expertise is certain to be close by. Call (844) 307-7546 with questions and to schedule an appointment.

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With over 20 years of experience in dermatology, Dr. Vikram "Vic" Khanna began his education and training at Feinberg School of Medicine Northwestern University. He was the chief resident at the dermatology department at Case Western Reserve University and continues to update and refine his extensive skills with daily advances in the industry.

As a board-certified dermatologist, he continues to dedicate his time to serving his patients of all ages and provides general, cosmetic, and medical solutions for the skin, hair, nails, and body. He was also recently certified for Mohs Micrographic Dermatologic Surgery by the American Board of Dermatology.

Dr. Lauren Boshnick is committed to providing her patients the highest-quality medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatologic care. She is passionate about cosmetic dermatology and is also interested in diagnosing and treating skin cancer, acne, psoriasis, and atopic dermatitis.

She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Western Ontario, Canada and her medical degree from the American University of the Caribbean. She pursued specialized training in dermatology at top medical centers worldwide, including Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Mt. Sinai, and Oxford before completing her residency at Florida State University, where she served as chief resident.

After training, Dr. Boshnick worked in a private practice in Florida, performing complex skin cancer surgeries and providing cosmetic dermatology services. She is a member of the AAD.

A board certified dermatologist and micrographic dermatologic surgeon, Dr. David Othman has over 10 years of experience in medical, cosmetic, and surgical dermatology.

With a B.S. in Microbiology and an M.H.S.A. from the University of Michigan and an M.D. from Northeast Ohio Medical University, Dr. Othman completed his training at Indiana University. He is currently Program Director of the Cook County Hospital residency program, Assistant Professor at Rush University, Clinical Assistant Professor at Rosalind Franklin, and Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at Midwestern University. Having published numerous articles and presented at national conferences, he is a diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology and fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and American Society of Dermatologic Surgery.