Total Skin Electron Treatment

What Is Total Skin Electron Treatment?

Total skin electron treatment is a type of radiation therapy used to treat the entire skin surface. It uses low-energy electron beams, which only penetrate the skin. This spares surrounding tissue and organs from radiation.

Our radiation oncologist will recommend this therapy for patients with skin lymphomas.

What to Expect

Total skin electron therapy is a painless, outpatient treatment therapy. You may be sitting, standing or lying down on a table. Although you will be alone in the room during treatment, a radiation therapist will monitor you on a screen outside the room. You may speak with the radiation therapist using a speaker.

Each treatment session takes about 30 minutes. Treatments occur approximately two to four times a week for two to three months.

Possible Side Effects

Because no two people respond in the same way to radiation therapy, we will discuss potential side effects with you. Common side effects include:

  • Fatigue
  • Loss of hair
  • Loss of fingernails and toenails
  • Skin irritation

Cancers Treated