Radiation Therapy for Skin Cancer

This information is useful for children, adults, and older adults
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Why Yale Medicine?
  • Our radiation oncologists use the most advanced equipment, often unavailable elsewhere.
  • Our physicians are trained in a wide range of specialties, and combine their expertise in charting detailed patient treatment plans.
  • Melanoma-related clinical trials let patients receive treatments that are not yet widely available.

Skin cancer is the most common cancer among adults in the United States. The American Cancer Society estimates that more than three million cases are diagnosed in a year. 

“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 and associate professor of therapeutic radiology at Yale School of Medicine. “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.