New technology revolutionizing skin cancer treatment
SAN ANTONIO - -It's the most common cancer in the United States.
An estimated one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetimes, but there's a new technology that's revolutionizing how patients are treated and it's in the San Antonio area.
“I've had skin cancers now for over 30 years,” said patient Ron Lutz.
After enduring years of sun exposure in his youth, 72-year-old Lutz is now dealing with the damage.
He was recently diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma inside his ear.
“It's a very difficult place, as you can imagine, to cut out,” he said.
So Lutz turned to Dr. Daniel Ladd at Tru-Skin Dermatology in Spring Branch and the SRT 100 Vision.
It’s a non-surgical option that allows physicians to "see and treat" at the same time by using high-frequency ultrasound for imaging and superficial radiation therapy for treatment.
"So we don't have to cut the skin to see how deep the skin cancer goes,” said Dr. Ladd. “We use ultrasound technology to noninvasively look at the depth of the tumor and the width of it."
For many years, surgery was the only option for skin cancer patients.
Because the SRT 100 is non-surgical, there's no scarring and it's covered in most insurance policies.
"It's a nice option to have to get rid of the cancer with a great cure rate and not have to do surgery," said Dr. Ladd.
After 20 treatments, Lutz’s tumor is gone.
“It was a blessing. A real blessing,” said Lutz.
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