- Monday, 04 December 2017
Recently, Dr Andrew Potter, Radiation Oncologist, with Adelaide Radiotherapy Centre, presented to key SA Dermatologists on the effective, definitive treatment for localised non melanoma skin cancers, utilising modern radiotherapy techniques such as VMAT (volumetric modulated arc therapy). This is the second event held for SA Dermatologists and presentations have been interactive and well received, with cases studies providing excellent starting points for discussion.
Dr Potter spoke on the effectiveness of radiation therapy utilising a range of dose –fractionation choices, tailored to meet individual patient needs for treatment. Radiotherapy can be of particular benefit for anatomical locations where grafting or reconstruction is technically difficult (such as the nose or peri orbital skin) or where patient choice or medical comorbidities preclude surgery. Post-operative radiotherapy can also be useful as an adjuvant treatment to improve local control rates such as after excision of high risk cancers or in deep tumours.
VMAT provides us with the flexibility to treat areas which have refractory actinic change over larger areas of the skin, such as the scalp, forearms and lower limbs. In selected patients, durable control of actinic change with excellent cosmetic outcomes is seen.
Mr Fraser Hughes, Head of IT Innovations and business intelligence, for GenesisCare, internationally, gave those who attended a glimpse into the future with the development of the “Derm App”. This platform will provide a highly secure way for Dermatologists to refer into Adelaide Radiotherapy Centre.
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