26 May 2021

Radiotherapy for non-melanoma skin cancer

Cancer Clinical

Dr David Lim and Dr Monique Heinke discuss why radiotherapy is suitable for certain skin cancers.


  • Radiotherapy is suitable for non-melanomatous skin cancers that are either high risk with local invasion or metastases, where surgery is inappropriate or if the patient has extended skin field cancerisation
  • This treatment modality has low recurrence rates and most of the acute reactions to radiotherapy resolve over six weeks. It is tolerable and highly effective
  • GPs should familiarise themselves with the types of lesions that should be referred; or if unsure, refer to a radiotherapy centre for an opinion

Host: Dr David Lim, GP

Guest: Dr Monique Heinke, radiation oncologist; GenesisCare, Kingswood Centre and St Vincent’s Hospital

Total time: 32 mins

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