The treatment process with superficial radiation therapy
Superficial radiation therapy involves penetrating the skin at a level of 5 millimeters below the dermis. The treatment is carefully designed to eliminate cancer cells while leaving healthy cells fully intact and unharmed.
The treatment begins by removing the bulk of the keloid entity through excision (surgical removal). Once this step is completed, the radiation can be applied.
As keloids are technically also tumors (non-malignant), superficial radiation therapy is an effective means of treatment. Beyond that, keloid scars are sensitive to radiation, meaning that the chances of recurrence are very low.
What to expect from the procedure?
Superficial radiation therapy is typically administered in a series of brief 30-second treatments. After the keloid has been surgically excised, patients return to the office for brief 30-60 second treatments (throughout 1 to 3 days).