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What is the medical treatment for skin cancer for people who can't have surgery?

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Doctors may treat people who can't have surgery with radiation therapy. A small beam of radiation targes the cancerous area of skin. The radiation kills the abnormal cells and destroys the cancer. Radiation therapy can cause irritation or burning of the normal skin around the area. It can also make you very tired. But these side effects don't last long. If your cancer is not a melanoma, your doctor may start with a  cream you put on the area and see if that works first.

From: Skin Cancer WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: News release, Mela Sciences. National Cancer Institute. American Cancer Society.

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SOURCES: News release, Mela Sciences. National Cancer Institute. American Cancer Society.

Skin Cancer from eMedicineHealth

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Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on September 30, 2016

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