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Nonsurgical skin cancer treatment: Superficial Radiation Therapy - Image-Guided GentleCure SRT available in Algonquin

Superficial radiation therapy treats skin cancer with excellent results and no surgery!

Superficial radiation therapy treats skin cancer with excellent results and no surgery!
Are you tired of feeling sliced and diced to treat your skin cancer? At Dermatology Specialists of Illinois, we believe in helping patients feel their best. We believe in superficial radiation therapy to treat skin cancers. It takes between 12 and 16 visits, but the visits are less than 15 minutes each! We experience an excellent cure rate and insurance will cover this skin cancer treatment. Patients love this non-invasive, non-surgical treatment. Find out more, give us a call today.
GentleCure Logo Each year, more than 3.3 million Americans are treated for non-melanoma skin cancers. More than half of new diagnoses are in patients over the age of 60, who may be at elevated risk for surgical complications from medical conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. Dermatology Specialists of Illinois offers an effective, nonsurgical treatment option, called Superficial Radiation Therapy – GentleCure Image Guided SRT. Dr. Vikram Khanna is one of only a few dermatologists to offer GentleCure Image-Guided SRT technology in the Algonquin area.

Controlled radiotherapy

Radiation treats skin cancer by altering the DNA in abnormal cells. This prevents cancerous cells from reproducing, and eventually destroys malignant skin cancers.

GentleCure skin cancer treatment, or Image-Guided SRT, is a low energy form of radiotherapy. It penetrates just beneath the surface of the skin, effectively targeting basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas. The cure rate is high, and treatment is effective in areas that don’t heal readily, such as legs or scalp. IGSRT results in minimal scarring, so it is a good choice for areas of cosmetic concern, including face and nose.

IGSRT is a low energy form of radiotherapy. It penetrates just beneath the surface of the skin, effectively addressing basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas. The cure rate is high, and IGSRT results in minimal scarring, so it is a good choice for areas of cosmetic concern.

Important points about GentleCure Image Guided IGSRT

When comparing IGSRT to other treatment options, including Mohs micrographic surgery, consider that IGSRT is:
  • Painless – Treatment is similar to getting an x-ray.
  • Versatile – IGSRT can be used on virtually any area of the body. It is well-suited to treatment of skin cancers on the head and neck (including ears, nose, eyelids, and lips) to avoid risk of scarring associated with surgical skin cancer removal.
  • Aesthetic – Treatment preserves healthy tissues adjacent to cancerous cells, for faster healing and aesthetic results.
  • Gentle – Typically 12 treatments over 4 weeks are needed for full resolution. Each session takes only a few minutes and there are no needles, cutting, or downtime.
  • Proven – IGSRT has been used to treat skin cancers for nearly a century, with current generation equipment providing safe, predictable results.
Call Dermatology Specialists of Illinois at (844) 307-7546 to learn more about IGSRT.

Patient reviews about Superficial Radiation Therapy

Patient reviews about Superficial Radiation Therapy
Dr. Khanna: Hi Mary, we are here today in follow-up, two months after you are finishing your superficial radiation therapy on your nose for your skin cancer. How do you feel that it went?
Mary: I think it went really well. It was 17 procedures, which at the beginning that was a little scary to me. But it was smooth sailing. He came in, went through the procedure. Every time, it took like 10 minutes, and the results were great.
Dr. Khanna: Yes, let’s zoom in on that, on that spot on your nose here. Wow, looks amazing, can hardly even tell where it is. That’s great; much better than the surgical option, I think, in terms of the scarring, for sure.
Mary: Yes, yes. And that’s why I chose that, the radiation, because of that.
Dr. Khanna: What advice would you give to people who are contemplating more traditional surgical procedures over superficial radiation? Mary: Well, I thought the superficial radiation was so good, because I was worried if we did surgery, what scarring would there be and I am thinking, there’s gotta always be some kind of remark that, but from the radiation, there’s nothing. So, I would highly recommend radiation. I never thought I would be saying that.
Dr. Khanna: Great, the 17 treatments that it took, I mean, that’s something that scares people. Was it pretty fast though and pretty efficient for you?
Mary: It was very efficient. I came early, well, around 8:30 in the morning, got in, got out. The office people, very efficient, very friendly, very nice, and I was out in 15 minutes. So, it was not a problem at all.
Dr. Khanna: It was pretty painless for you too?
Mary: It was very painless.
Dr. Khanna: Great, well, great, Mary, thanks so much for sharing with other patients who might be considering this, this innovative therapy, thank you.

Patient Treatment Superficial Radiation Therapy
Dr. Khanna: Today is your last day of the superficial radiation therapy. How would you describe your experience?
Patient: Absolutely wonderful. I’m so tired of getting cut and this is a great alternative It was very easy, I would do it again. I would recommend it to anybody.
Dr. Khanna: Oh, that’s great to hear. So, if you liked it, because, was it painful at all?
Patient: No, no, no, no. It was easy, quick, in and out, you know, don’t have all those cutting to worry about.
Dr. Khanna: Do you think, some people might say, “Well, if I can just get it cut out, you know, in one or two—you know, I have to come in one or two times,” and you’ve been through that before, what would you say to those people?
Patient: I would do the radiation treatment. I would take the time and do it, because it’s simple, it’s, you know, it works, obviously, so …
Dr. Khanna: And would you say it was pretty painless then?
Patient: Oh my gosh, no pain at all, not compared to surgery!
Dr. Khanna: Yeah, and I know you’ve been through that many times before.
Patient: Many times
Dr. Khanna: Also this sounds like it would be something you would do again
Patient: I would. Absolutely.
Dr. Khanna: Well, great, well congratulations!
Patient: Thanks
Dr. Khanna: My pleasure, well I’ll see you back in two months for your recheck.
Patient: Okay, sounds good.
Dr. Khanna: Thanks
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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.