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:
- Recurrence in lymph nodes after completion lymph node dissection
- Adjuvant therapy after completion lymph node dissection
- Palliation therapy
One subtype of melanoma, desmoplastic melanoma, radiation has been shown to be useful in the treatment.
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