The Discovery of Radiation
Radiation has been around for over 100 years as a form cancer treatment. Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen, a German physics professor, gave a lecture, in 1896 titled “Concerning a New Kind of Ray” that brought immediate excitement to the world. During his presentation, Roentgen introduced the world to the X-ray. The term “X” was incorporated into the nam to represent the algebraic symbol for an unknown quantity.
Within a few months, scientists and physicians were figuring out how to use the X-ray to diagnose cancer, and within 3 years, radiation was already being used to treat cancer. Roentgen received the first ever Nobel Prize awarded in physics.
Similarly, Marie Curie became the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and the first person — man or woman — to win the award twice. With her husband Pierre Curie, Marie’s efforts led to the discovery of polonium and radium and, after Pierre’s death, the further development of X-rays.
By the early 1900s, radiation was found not only to cure cancer, but to cause it as well. Back then; many radiologists were experimenting with radiation on themselves daily. They would radiate their arms to produce a pink reaction or burn called an erythema. This “erythema dose” was supposed to be the proper amount of daily radiation to cure cancer. Later, many of them developed leukemia from their over-exposure to radiation, and like Marie Curie, many died of complications related to their exposure to radiation.
Radiation 100 Years Later
Science and medicine have come a long way in the past century.
We now have a much greater understanding of radiation’s effect on the human body and we can use it to successfully cure many types of cancer, including non-melanoma skin cancer at extremely high rates.
Advanced Skin and Mohs Surgery Center is the regional leader of detection and treatment of skin cancer. We offer advanced treatments options for skin cancer which include, but not limited to, Mohs Micrographic Surgery, conventional surgery, topical chemotherapy and Superficial Radiation Therapy (SRT).
All of these surgical and non-surgical options are a great way to cure skin cancer, depending on the type of skin cancer and what suits your lifestyle. All of theses treatments are offered by ASMSC doctors in ASMSC’s outpatient offices.
Interested in finding out more about Skin Cancer treatment? Call ASMSC today (see our location closest to you) to schedule a Total Skin exam for you and those you care about or schedule an appointment online to receive exceptional care for your skin needs
Superficial Radiation Treatment – The Non-Surgical Treatment Option for Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer
Advanced Skin and Mohs Surgery Center is proud to offer the Sensus SRT-100™, a revolutionary machine that boasts a 95%+ cure rate for basal cell (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) utilizing Superficial Radiation Therapy (SRT)
This non-surgical treatment option for non-melanoma skin cancer offers many benefits for appropriate patients:
- No cutting, bleeding or pain
- No appearance-altering scarring
- No post-op plastic surgery
- No downtime or long hospital stays
- Ability to continue life as normal
- High success rates
Interested in finding out more about Superficial Radiation Therapy for skin cancer? Contact ASMSC today to learn more about the SRT-100™ and to receive exceptional care for your skin needs.
Superficial Radiation Treatment – The Adjuvant Treatment Option for Keloids
Advanced Skin and MOHS Surgery Center is proud to offer a cutting-edge new technology to treat your thick scars: the SRT-100™ Vision. Superficial Radiation Therapy is a highly effective adjuvant to keloid removal treatment and boasts a cure rate of 94 plus percent.
Interested in finding out more about Superficial Radiation Therapy for Keloids? Contact ASMSC today to learn more about the SRT-100™ and to receive exceptional care for your skin needs.