Radiation Therapy for Skin Cancer

This information is useful for children, adults, and older adults
Smiling older man gardening and wearing a hat as sun protection, which could help prevent skin cancer and the need for radiation therapy later on.

Skin cancer is the most common cancer among adults in the United States. “Skin cancer, no matter whether it's a small lesion on the nose or has spread to the liver, is often challenging to treat because of the location, size or shape of the tumor, or what it connects to,” says Roy Decker, MD, PhD, a radiation oncologist at Yale Medicine's Department of Therapeutic Radiology. “But if you have the appropriate arsenal of tools, then you can be very successful in treating skin cancer.”

Yale Medicine physicians, including the therapeutic radiology team, have both the specialized skills and advanced tools to effectively treat a full array of skin cancer conditions, from the simplest to the most complicated.

Clinical Trials

New treatments for many conditions are tested in clinical trials, which ultimately bring lifesaving new drugs and devices to the patients who need them most. By participating in a clinical trial, you may get access to the most advanced treatments for your condition, and help determine their benefits for future patients.