Hong Kong Dermatology & Venereology Bulletin

Volume 9 Number 2, June 2001

Update of Radiotherapy for Skin Cancer

Dr. C. H. Ying
Private Practice, Hong Kong

Skin cancer should be managed by a multidisciplinary team with close liaison among dermatologist, clinical oncologist and surgeon. Surgery remains the mainstay of treatment for most skin malignancies. However, there are a wide range of indications for radiotherapy, both as primary treatment modality and also in adjuvant and palliative setting. Where radiotherapy is used, the appropriate radiation modality must be selected. Superficial kilovoltage X-ray and electron beams are most commonly used. Dose and fractionation scheme vary and the choice of time-dose-fractionation depends on patient and tumour factors as well as required cosmetic result.

Keywords : Radiotherapy, skin cancer, review

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