Low-energy X-ray therapy

Depend on the skilled team at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula for low-energy X-ray therapy, a noninvasive, painless skin cancer treatment.

What’s low-energy X-ray therapy?

Low-energy X-ray therapy is also known as superficial radiation therapy. This therapy uses beams of low-energy X-rays (radiation waves) to destroy skin cancer cells while not harming healthy tissue around or under the upper layers of skin.

Is superficial skin therapy right for me?

Your doctor may recommend low-energy X-ray therapy to:

  • Cure small skin cancers
  • Destroy any remaining cancer after Mohs surgery
  • Slow cancer growth

You may have this treatment as an alternative to surgery. You’ll benefit from little to no downtime or no risk of surgery complications.

What to expect

Before your radiation therapy, our staff will tell you how to prepare and answer any questions.

During your treatment

Depending on the area of the body getting treatment, you’ll either lay on an exam table or sit partly upright in an exam chair. Stay as still as possible during your treatment.

Your technologist will locate and target the X-rays to the right place on your body. The area may feel warm, but it shouldn’t be painful.

How long will my session last?

Your treatment will last about 15 minutes.

How many treatments will I need?

Most people need several sessions. Ask your doctor how many treatments you may need.

Schedule your orientation

Call (831) 625-4630, Ext. 2438, to make an appointment for radiation therapy orientation. During orientation, you’ll:

  • Learn about what to expect during radiation therapy
  • Get answers to your questions
  • Tour the radiation therapy area
  • Meet our staff

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