Dermatology

/Dermatology
Dermatology 2018-06-20T16:47:33+00:00

Overview

Radiotherapy in dermatology, although recognised as an effective treatment for years, has lost its significance because of the lack of innovation in the technology to make it doctor or patient friendly. Those dermatologists who have adopted our solution, are enthusiastic about the technology. The therapy is painless, easy to deliver, low risk and highly effective. This is not the case with other therapies such as surgery or PDT (photodynamic therapy) or topical chemotherapies, which are widely offered. This makes our task partly missionary.

Superficial Radiotherapy for Benign Conditions

Consultants at SoftRay Suisse use low dose superficial radiotherapy to treat a variety of benign (non-cancerous) conditions, including:

Dupuytren’s Contracture – the thickening of connective tissue in the hands, causing the fingers to bend inwards, creating a ‘claw-like’ hand
Heterotopic Ossification – the bruising of muscle after hip replacement surgery leading to muscle becoming bone, causing immobility and pain
Ledderhose Disease – the formation of lumps of collagen in the feet, causing discomfort
Peyronie’s Disease – the growth of fibrous scar tissue in the soft tissue of the penis, causing discomfort.
Psoriasis – a common skin condition causing skin redness and irritation, which usually presents with thick, red patches covered with flaky, silver/white scales of skin

Viral Warts

Keloids – abnormal scarring that can often cause stretched skin and reduced movement when formed over joints, as well as tenderness, itchiness and physical disfigurement. At SoftRay superficial radiotherapy is used in conjunction with surgery to deliver brilliant results.

Indications

As superficial radiation therapy makes its way into more dermatology practices, there will be an increased need for better education regarding the delivery and operation of superficial radiation. Radiation physicists play important roles in both determining the dose of radiation delivered to the patient and the implementation of safety measures for the staff and patient.

Therapy

Radiation Therapy (also called Radio Therapy) uses X-Rays to destroy cancer cells and to cure a number of other skin disorders. The Radio Therapy is often used in combination with surgery or even topical therapies (chemotherapeutic creams) and it will always be applied on areas there are difficult to treat as surgical such as the face, and for cancers that have spread or comeback.