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Patient Care and Research

ASTRO Guideline on Definitive and Postoperative Radiation Therapy for Basal and Squamous Cell Cancers of the Skin

Published: January/February 2020 (Web posted: December 2019)

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This guideline provides recommendations on the use of radiation therapy (RT) to treat patients diagnosed with the most common types of skin cancers. It details when radiation treatments are appropriate as stand-alone therapy or following surgery for basal and cutaneous squamous cell carcinomas (BCC, cSCC), and it suggests dosing and fractionation for these treatments. Recommendations are also included for the use of drug therapies such as chemotherapy, biologic and immunotherapy agents in combination with radiation.

Developed in collaboration with:
  • American Society for Clinical Oncology
  • Society of Surgical Oncology
Endorsed by:
  • American Association of Physicists in Medicine
  • American Brachytherapy Society
  • American College of Radiology
  • American Head and Neck Society
  • Society of Surgical Oncology
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