If you’ve been diagnosed with non-melanoma skin cancer such as basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma, you may be feeling a little scared, lost and unsure of yourself. The best way to rid yourself of these feelings is to gather as much information as you can about your situation. One of the best ways to accomplish this, of course, is to speak with your physician.
Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Your Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer Diagnosis
- What kind of skin cancer do I have?
There are three main types of skin cancer: basal cell, squamous cell, and melanoma. The most common types are basal cell and squamous cell.
Basal cell grows from the lowest layer of skin, while squamous cell grows from the top layer of skin, and melanoma cancers begin in the melanocytes or the color-making cells of your skin.
- How serious is my non-melanoma skin cancer?
Ask your doctor what stage your cancer is, what your stage means for you, and what will happen next. There are 5 stages of cancer: 0, 1, 2, 3, or 4. The lower the number, the less amount of cancer has spread through your body.
- What kind of treatment will I need? What treatment is best for me?
Your treatment plan depends on how far your cancer has progressed, the chances of the treatment being effective, your age, your current health, and your opinion of the treatment options.
There are a few choices when it comes to non-melanoma skin cancer treatment. You can opt for surgery, chemotherapy, radiation treatments, and clinical trials of new drugs.
Sensus Healthcare offers a superficial radiation treatment option for non-melanoma skin cancer: the SRT-100™.
The SRT-100™ can successfully treat both basal and squamous cell carcinomas. With no surgery, there is no cutting, no pain, no bleeding, no long hospital stays, and no appearance-altering scarring that requires plastic surgery post-operation. Best of all, this treatment option offers a 95%+ cure rate.
Ask your doctor about the SRT-100™ if you’re interested in learning more about a non-surgical treatment option for your non-melanoma skin cancer. Looking for more information to share with your family? Request our brochure or share with them one of our helpful blogs about this revolutionary machine.