Radiation Therapy Skin Cancer Treatment

Radiation Therapy Skin Cancer Treatment

Radiation Therapy Skin Cancer TreatmentOver one million basal and squamous cell skin cancers cases are diagnosed in the US every year. Another 65,000 cases of melanoma are diagnosed each year. These cancers are most often curable, if they are detected early.

Radiation therapy, also known as radiotherapy, is the precise use of radiation to treat many different types of skin cancer. Trained and experienced treatment providers may utilize radiation therapy to target skin cancer, to restrict cancer growth or to alleviate symptoms such as pain.

Radiation therapy works inside cancer cells by destroying their multiplying abilities. The body naturally removes these cells when they die. In this process, the cells that are healthy and grow and divide rapidly are also destroyed by radiation. However, they can repair themselves in a manner that cancer cells cannot.  

Board certified dermatologist Dr. Jamie McGinness provides advanced treatments for skin cancer to patients in Shiloh, IL; St. Louis, MO, and surrounding locations across the horizon.

External Beam Radiation Therapy

  • External beam radiation therapy addresses the skin cancer itself or alleviates pain from cancer that has spread.
  • Radiation oncologists administer external beam radiation therapy to cancer from a machine placed outside the body.
  • Skin cancer is frequently treated with superficial types of radiation. That implies that the radiation penetrates only a brief distance beneath the surface.
  • Doctors aim the radiation beams at the tumor. This enables them to provide more radiation to the skin cancer while ensuring that it stays away from the underlying organs.
  • The treatment sessions are typically scheduled daily, Monday through Friday, for many weeks to deliver radiation to cancer adequately.
  • The treatments are pain-free and last for up to 30 minutes each, beginning to end.
  • The patient’s treatment schedule depends on the type of cancer, usually requiring treatment every day for 1 or more weeks.
  • Radiation therapy is frequently given to complement chemotherapy, surgery or biologic therapy.

Skin High Dose Rate (HDR) Brachytherapy may be used to address skin cancer and reduce the amount of radiation and side effects on the surrounding normal tissues.

Treatment for Skin Cancer

The treatment a patient receives depends on many factors such as the overall health condition, stage of cancer, and whether cancer has spread to other areas of the body. The treatments are frequently administered in combination and may include the following:

  • Radiation therapy kills cancer cells by X-rays.
  • Surgery enables the cutting out and elimination of cancer cells.
  • Moh’s surgery, a microscopic surgery, enables surgeons to eliminate small cancerous tissue while preserving normal tissue.
  • Cryosurgery freezes and removes cancer.
  • Laser surgery kills cancer by laser beams.
  • Electrodessication involves drying cancer with an electric current and then removing it.
  • In chemotherapy, the cancer cells are destroyed by using a medication which is either taken internally or applied to the skin.
  • Biologic therapy is a treatment in which doctors assist the patient’s immune system to fight better with cancer.
  • In photodynamic therapy, the cancer is treated with a medication which is hypersensitive to a particular type of light. The drug generates a chemical reaction killing surrounding cells when it is exposed to this unique light.

Board certified dermatologist Dr. Jamie McGinness receives patients from Shiloh, IL; St. Louis, MO, and other towns and cities in this region of the Midwest for skin cancer treatments.

If you would like to learn more about procedures and treatments at Metro East Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center by Board Certified Dermatologist Dr. Jamie L. McGinness please contact us here or call (618) 622-SKIN (7546)

Taking new patients in and around the greater St. Louis, Missouri and Illinois area: East St. Louis Missouri, Shiloh Illinois, Belleville, Millstadt, Saint Clair County, Madison County and more.

Facial Reconstructive Surgery

Facial Reconstructive SurgeryFacial reconstructive surgery can restore muscles, skin, cartilage, and the facial skeletal structure. This type of procedure may be necessary to reinstate a normal function and appearance of the face following an injury, skin cancer surgery, or a congenital defect. The outcomes can offer the patient renewed confidence and a new zeal for life.

Dr. Jamie L. McGinness is a board-certified dermatologist and the only fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon currently serving the Metro East Illinois St. Louis area. Dr. McGinness provides surgical dermatology procedures to patients in Shiloh, IL; St. Louis, MO, and neighboring locations.

Understanding the Procedure

Reconstructive surgical procedures are diverse and usually recognized by insurance providers as a medical necessity. Facial reconstruction after skin cancer excision may be undertaken on an outpatient basis. This surgery can be carried out under local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia.

The exact nature of the surgery depends on the extent of the injury and individual desires and goals of the patient. Effectively, the outcomes of the reconstructive surgery will take many months to become apparent on account of the slow resolution of discoloration and scars.

The patient will need to practice wound care after the procedure, which includes the use of sun protection and moisturizers. The surgeon will offer in-depth advice on the procedure itself and what to anticipate in the recovery phase.

Facial reconstruction following skin cancer removal is a significant part of the treatment. There are various types of skin cancers and most are excised surgically. The defect that is an outcome of this excision frequently warrants surgical repair. The surgery’s extent depends on the location and level of complexity of the wound.

Options for Reconstructive Surgery on the Face after a Mohs Procedure

While Mohs surgery does remove cancer, it can leave the patient with disfiguration in some cases. Once the bandages from the original surgery come off, it is safe to go ahead with a facial reconstructive surgery.

Cartilage Grafting: The ear is the most common donor area for cartilage grafting, but it can also be sourced from a rib.

Flap Technique: This technique involves a free flap or local flap. Local flaps are categorized further into advancement, rotation, transposition, and interpolation. All local flap procedures center on freeing and rotating surrounding tissue to cover the site which has exposed due to Mohs surgery. The tissue stays attached to the body and its blood vessels go through the donor site to enter the flap.

Tissue Expansion: This surgery involves the placement of a silicone balloon extender beneath the skin near the site of the Mohs surgery. The surgeon fills this balloon with salt water which enables the skin to stretch and grow over the site of the original surgery.

Skin Graft: A skin graft procedure involves the surgeon removing healthy skin from a less noticeable area of the body, stitching it up, and then transferring it to cover the site of the cancer removal. The use of skin grafting, as well as tissue expansion, is less frequent in skin cancer facial reconstruction in comparison to other forms of plastic surgery.

Board certified dermatologist Dr. Jamie McGinness receives patients from Shiloh, IL; St. Louis, MO, and other towns and cities in this region of the Midwest.

If you would like to learn more about procedures and treatments at Metro East Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center by Board Certified Dermatologist Dr. Jamie L. McGinness please contact us here or call (618) 622-SKIN (7546)

Taking new patients in and around the greater St. Louis, Missouri and Illinois area: East St. Louis Missouri, Shiloh Illinois, Belleville, Millstadt, Saint Clair County, Madison County and more.

Surgical Dermatology

Surgical DermatologySurgical dermatology has made it possible to treat skin cancers effectively, provided they are detected early. However, not every type of skin cancer is treatable in the same manner.

Each type of skin cancer needs a customized approach to treat it successfully. Some serious skin cancers warrant a more invasive approach which may involve a significant amount of surgical removal of the skin.

Dr. Jamie L. McGinness is a board-certified dermatologist and the only fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon currently serving the Metro East Illinois St. Louis area. Dr. McGinness provides surgical dermatology procedures to patients in Shiloh, IL; St. Louis, MO, and surrounding communities.

Dr. McGinness’ expertise in surgical dermatology includes:

  • Excisional Surgery
  • Mohs Micrographic Surgery
  • Reconstructive Surgery

Mohs Micrographic Surgery

Mohs micrographic surgery is a cutting-edge, precise, and efficient technique to surgically remove a wide range of skin cancer types. This surgery removes cancer while minimizing damage to the surrounding normal tissue.

This procedure is considered as the most effective and successful method of treating Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCCs) and Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCCs). Notably, Mohs surgery has a remarkable cure rate of up to 99 percent for skin cancer. This is substantially higher than other accepted cancer treatment techniques.  

Mohs micrographic surgery may be the most effective treatment for skin cancers on the neck and head, specifically cancer that is:

  • Located on the head (forehead, temple, nose, eyes, ears, or lips), fingers, neck, or toes
  • Significant
  • Poorly defined
  • Recurrent (cancer recurs following previous treatment)

Excisional Surgery

The nature of the cancerous growth or lesion and its location may warrant surgical removal or excision. A majority of skin lesions can be removed while using only local anesthesia in an out-patient procedure.

Three types of basic excisional surgery are as follows:

  • Shave removal: This technique is usually performed to surgically remove elevated growths such as raised moles.
  • Scissor excision or snip excision: This approach is also used for raised lesions such as skin tags.
  • Full excision: This technique removes the tumor especially when the growths have reached the deeper dermis levels or tumors that are cancerous such as melanoma.

Full Excisional Surgery

This surgery may be performed under local anesthesia contingent to the depth and location of the tumor. This surgery involves placing an elliptical incision surrounding the lesion and penetrating the fatty tissue underneath the growth to completely remove it.

The surgeon will have to remove a margin of normal tissue around the edges if the growth. This tissue is pathologically analyzed later to make sure that all abnormal cells have been excised.

Reconstructive Surgery

Reconstructive surgery may offer patients who have undergone a growth removal an opportunity to restore the cosmetic appearance and functional structures that may have been damaged during the excision of cancer or non-cancerous growths.

The patient may require advanced reconstruction depending on the depth and location of the growth that has been excised, the amount of skin eliminated to make sure the removal is complete, and the availability of adjacent skin (for instance, in sites around the nose and ear) to address the defect.

Board certified dermatologist Dr. Jamie McGinness receives patients from Shiloh, IL; St. Louis, MO, and nearby areas.

If you would like to learn more about procedures and treatments at Metro East Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center by Board Certified Dermatologist Dr. Jamie L. McGinness please contact us here or call (618) 622-SKIN (7546)

Taking new patients in and around the greater St. Louis, Missouri and Illinois area: East St. Louis Missouri, Shiloh Illinois, Belleville, Millstadt, Saint Clair County, Madison County and more.

How to Choose The Best Board Certified Dermatologist in the St. Louis Area

 How to Choose The Best Board Certified Dermatologist in the St. Louis AreaAdvancements in the field of dermatology and skin cancer treatments have made the procedures safer and more effective than ever before. However, the single most important factor that impacts the final outcomes continues to be the skill and experience of the operating dermatologist.

Dr. Jamie L. McGinness is a board-certified dermatologist and the only fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon currently serving the Metro East Illinois St. Louis area. Dr. McGinness provides skin care procedures to patients in Shiloh, IL; St. Louis, MO, and other towns and cities in this region of the country.

Professional Credentials

Dr. McGinness completed his residency in dermatology at University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, where he also served as chief resident. He completed:  

  • Fellowship training in Mohs Micrographic Surgery at the Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center in Leawood, KS
  • Advanced dermatopathology training at University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in Cincinnati, OH
  • Advanced Mohs and reconstructive surgical training with Dr. Tri Nguyen, a leading Mohs surgeon, in Houston, TX

Following his fellowship training in Mohs Micrographic Surgery, Dr. McGinness has until now completed more than 3,000 cases using the Mohs method.

Comprehensive Expertise

Dr. McGinness is an expert in both general dermatology and surgical dermatology treatments. Patients facing any cosmetic or medical skin concern can expect to receive advanced cosmetic, medical and surgical dermatologic care from him.

He provides cutting edge medical, surgical, and non-surgical treatments for a variety of skin conditions. Both general dermatology and surgical dermatology patients are assured of state of the art treatments with safe, predictable and sustainable results from Dr. McGinness.

Personalized Care and Attention

The committed Dr. McGinness provides a personal touch to the dermatologic care of every patient. He treats patients as members of his own family, and combines his professional skills and knowledge with the humane traits of empathy and compassion.

The judicious Dr. McGinness believes that best outcomes in any advanced dermatology or skin cancer treatment procedure can be achieved when the provider customizes the treatment according to the unique needs of the patient.

Dr. McGinness will never adopt a one size fits all or cookie cutter approach to dermatology. He will carefully evaluate the patient’s condition, listen to their concerns and personal goals, and incorporate their unique needs to create a personalized dermatology treatment plan for best results.

Why Choose a Board Certified Dermatologist?

When a patient selects a board-certified dermatologist, it serves as an automatic assurance for them that the dermatologist would have received a certain minimum number of years of training and would have the necessary skill and expertise to have been awarded a board certification.

Board certified dermatologists typically invest in high-quality standards and best practices, adopt cutting-edge dermatologic techniques and technology, pursue continuing education, and follow the latest safety protocols to deliver the best possible results to their patients.

Patients should carefully evaluate the dermatologist’s qualifications, training, and experience in performing skin cancer removal and other skin care procedures. An astute dermatologist will always be open about their professional credentials, safety record, and patient satisfaction rates in any procedure.

Board certified dermatologist Dr. Jamie McGinness receives patients from Shiloh, IL; St. Louis, MO, and nearby areas across the horizon.

If you would like to learn more about procedures and treatments at Metro East Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center by Board Certified Dermatologist Dr. Jamie L. McGinness please contact us here or call (618) 622-SKIN (7546)

Taking new patients in and around the greater St. Louis, Missouri and Illinois area: East St. Louis Missouri, Shiloh Illinois, Belleville, Millstadt, Saint Clair County, Madison County and more.

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Metro East Dermatology &
Skin Cancer Center

331 Regency Park Drive
O’Fallon IL 62269

1000 Eleven South
Columbia IL 62236
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