Radiation therapy is used after surgery for:
- elderly individuals
- ensuring cancer free margins
- treatment of involved lymph nodes
- squamous cell carcinoma that has recurred after surgery
- to relieve or control the symptoms of very large tumors
- for people who are unwilling or unable to undergo surgery
- tumors on the eyelid, cheek, earlobe and nose
- Effective treatment for cancerous growths
- Can successfully eradicate growths without damaging adjacent tissue
Common side effects of radiation therapy include: fatigue, skin texture changes and mouth / throat inflammation and irritation.
Costs tend to be very expensive.