Radiation Oncology


Skin Cancer/Melanoma

Patients who choose Penn Radiation Oncology for their skin cancer treatment are placing their trust in a team of physicians known around the world for their experience and expertise.

Skin cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cells. If left unchecked, these cancer cells can spread from the skin into other tissues and organs. Radiation therapy is not a common treatment for skin cancer. But it may be used for skin cancer in areas where surgery could be difficult or leave a bad scar, such as the eyelid, ear, or nose. It also may be used if the cancer comes back after surgery.

Melanoma is a type of cancer that forms from melanocytes. Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer. Radiation therapy may be the primary treatment of choice for select patients who are not surgical candidates, either because of the size or location of the lesion or other physical limitations. Radiation should also be considered postoperatively for patients who are at high risk of regional recurrence, who have gross extracapsular extension or multiple involved lymph nodes.


  • Basal cell carcinoma
  • Melanoma
  • Skin cancer
  • Squamous cell skin cancer

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