Radiation Therapy Can Be Used In The Treatment For Melanoma In Select Cases.

Radiation therapy uses high-energy particles or waves to shrink tumors and kill cancer cells. It’s usually a local treatment unlike chemotherapy, which usually exposes the whole body to fight against cancer.

A few of the selected uses are seen below:

One subtype of melanoma, desmoplastic melanoma, radiation has been shown to be useful in the treatment.

 

Side Effects

According to the American Cancer Society, side effects of radiation include:

Skin irritation, ranging from redness to blistering and peeling

  • Changes in skin color
  • Hair loss in the area being treated
  • Damage to saliva-making glands and teeth when treating cancers near these structures