Farmington Valley Dermatology & Surgery is proud to offer the non-surgical, gold-standard treatment for nonmelanoma skin cancer.

If you suspect that you have skin cancer or have recently been diagnosed and were told you need treatment, schedule an appointment with us today. We offer GentleCure (Image-Guided SRT)—the surgery-free, gold-standard treatment for skin cancer. On your first visit, we will review your pathology report, discuss your treatment goals, and work with you to determine the treatment option that best meets your needs.

Want to cure your skin cancer without surgery?

GentleCure is a gentle, surgery-free treatment that is safe and has a 99%+ cure rate in basal and squamous cell skin cancers. Treatment is done right in the dermatology office over the course of a few weeks using an advanced Image-Guided SRT machine. It is the only skin cancer treatment with ultra-sound imaging that lets you see the cancer on the screen and review the progress made throughout the course of treatment until there are no visible signs of cancer.

See what to expect with treatment

GentleCure (Image-Guided SRT) is designed to treat skin cancer without the discomfort and cosmetic issues often associated with surgery. There is no cutting, surgical scarring, or need for reconstructive surgery, and you can maintain your normal daily activities throughout treatment.

At each treatment session, you will sit in a chair and ultrasound gel will be applied to the site of the cancer. Using an imaging wand, we will look at a detailed image of your cancer on screen. You can see the image yourself from the comfort of the chair. We will use that image to measure the size and shape of the tumor, calculate the precise dose of treatment, and define the treatment area.
Once the imaging is complete, the arm of the device will be placed over the treatment site and the exact dose of X-ray energy will be used to treat the cancer site without harming the healthy tissue around it.
Each treatment session takes about 15 minutes from the time you walk in the door to when you leave the office. You will come back several times a week for short treatment sessions, and in 4-to-7 weeks, treatment will be complete.

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Learn more about the treatment experience and what to expect with GentleCure (Image-Guided SRT).

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More than 66,000 patients have been successfully treated with GentleCure (Image-Guided SRT)

Patients report being satisfied with GentleCure (Image-Guided SRT). In a survey of more than 12,000 patients who completed treatment, 99.9% reported being happy with their treatment decision and said they would recommend GentleCure (Image-Guided SRT) to others.

Visit GentleCure.com/Patient Stories to hear from some of them.

GentleCure (Image-Guided SRT) has a proven track record that is backed by science and clinical research

At Farmington Valley Dermatology & Surgery, our team of dermatologists reviewed the published research and here is what we found:

Clinically proven

Yu L, et al. Oncol Ther.2021;9(1):153-166.
Retrospective chart review evaluating LC rates of 1632 patients with 2917 stage 0-II carcinomas

  • In 2021, chart reviews were conducted for 1632 patients who had Image-Guided SRT to treat one or more early-stage basal or squamous cell skin cancers. Of those patients, 2917 skin cancers in total were treated. The results showed a 99.3% cure rate with Image-Guided SRT, which we believe to be equal to or better than Mohs surgery.
  • In 2022 and 2023, additional studies were published that showed the efficacy and safety of Image-Guided SRT to be superior to non-image-guided forms of radiation therapy across skin cancer types—confirming its use as a first-line treatment for basal and squamous cell skin cancers. This means doctors and patients should give equal consideration to Mohs surgery and surgery-free Image-Guided SRT as standards of care.
More information about the published research supporting the use of GentleCure (Image-Guided SRT) can be found here.

Why we chose to offer GentleCure (Image-Guided SRT)

There are several different radiation-based treatments available for skin cancer. But the safety, cure rates, and cosmetic outcomes vary based on the treatment technology and clinical protocols used. We chose GentleCure (Image-Guided SRT) because it is the only skin cancer treatment with advanced imaging that lets us see and measure the cancer and adapt the dose to precisely what you need at each stage of treatment. It has also been shown to be the safest and most effective of all radiation-based treatments for skin cancer with superior cosmetic results.

If you are considering radiation therapy to treat your skin cancer, make sure you are getting GentleCure (Image-Guided SRT) with adaptive radiotherapy protocols. It’s the safe, effective, and gentle way to treat skin cancer using the most advance treatment technology available today.

Treatment results – Seeing is believing!

No two cases of skin cancer are the same, so treatment results may vary from patient to patient. But the pictures below are typical of the results seen by patients who have received GentleCure (Image-Guided SRT).

BEFORE TREATMENT:
Patient with basal cell skin cancer on the top of the ear before treatment with GentleCure (Image Guided SRT). You can see the cancer on the skin. The ultrasound image clearly defines the skin cancer under the skin, indicating the full depth, width, and breadth of the cancer.

DURING TREATMENT:
About half way through treatment with GentleCure (Image-Guided SRT), you can see the cancer reducing in size on the outside of the skin. The ultrasound image shows that the cancer under the skin has also been reduced.

AFTER TREATMENT:
At the two-week follow-up visit after treatment was completed, the outside of the ear shows no signs of cancer. The ultrasound image shows that GentleCure (Image-Guided SRT) continued to eliminate the cancer. At the 30-week follow-up appointment, the ultrasound image showed no signs of cancer.

GentleCure (Image-Guided SRT) is covered by Medicare and most health insurance plans

With most insurance plans, you may have to pay some out-of-pocket cost. That cost will depend on your specific health plan coverage and co-pay policy. Before you commit to a treatment option, we will work with your insurance plan to determine the potential cost to you, so you can make an informed treatment decision. If you are worried about affording treatment, let us know and we can discuss our financial assistance options.

Side effects and cosmetic results

When X-ray energy is used to kill cancer cells, your body will replace the dead cancer cells with healthy tissue over time. There is no surgical scarring and no need for reconstructive surgery. There is, however, a small risk of skin atrophy (thinning of the skin) and pigment changes (changes in the color of the skin) at the treatment site. Other potential side effects may include skin inflammation with redness and swelling at the treatment site. Topical creams or ointments can be used over the course of treatment to minimize these side effects, and the side effects usually go away 2-to 6-weeks after treatment is complete. There is also a risk of alopecia (hair loss) in the treated area only.

In the 7 years that patients have been receiving GentleCure (Image-Guided SRT), there have been NO reported cases of secondary skin cancers occurring as a result of treatment.

The skin cancer treatment team at Farmington Valley Dermatology & Surgery

DR. SADAF "SABRINA" WAQAR DO, FAAD

Dermatologist

Dr. Waqar opened Farmington Valley Dermatology in 2014 to meet the demand for dermatology in the Farmington Valley - Greater Hartford area. She previo...

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DR. SHARON CHRISTIE, MD

Board Certified Dermatologist

Dr. Sharon Christie is a distinguished board-certified dermatologist residing in central Connecticut, with a rich experience spanning over two decades...

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DR. SHARON CHRISTIE, MD

Board Certified Dermatologist

Dr. Sharon Christie is a distinguished board-certified dermatologist residing in central Connecticut, with a rich experience spanning over two decades in the field of medical dermatology across Connecticut and Massachusetts. She boasts a comprehensive educational background, having earned her undergraduate degree in East Asian Studies from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. She further pursued her academic endeavors, acquiring a Master’s degree in Public Health from Yale University. Completing her education, Dr. Christie underwent rigorous dermatology training at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.

Her expertise encompasses a wide spectrum of prevalent skin conditions, including but not limited to acne, eczema, psoriasis, and various forms of skin cancers. Dr. Christie is committed to providing exceptional care to her patients and is currently welcoming new patients at her Avon practice, with plans underway to expand her services to a forthcoming South Windsor office.

KERRIANN WELCH, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Kerriann Welch is a Certified Physician Assistant who trained in New York City at Pace University - Lenox Hill Hospital in 2016. She graduated in 2018...

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LISA SHEEHAN, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Lisa Sheehan is a Certified Physician Assistant who received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Biology from Stony Brook Uni...

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KELSEY HARVEY, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Kelsey received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Notre Dame College in Cleveland, OH. She then went on to complete her Master of Science in Ph...

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DEANNA PALUMBO, RN

Medical Aesthetician

Deanna Palumbo is a Registered Nurse who received her Bachelor’s degree in the science of nursing from the University of Bridgeport in Bridgeport, C...

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Farmington Valley Dermatology & Surgery is proud to offer the non-surgical, gold-standard for the treatment of nonmelanoma skin cancer

GentleCure (Image-Guided SRT) is a safe and effective, surgery-free treatment for nonmelanoma skin cancers. It is the only skin cancer treatment that is done right in the dermatology office. GentleCure (Image-Guided SRT) is covered by most health insurance plans. Best of all, GentleCure (Image-Guided SRT) is a clinically appropriate treatment option for the majority of people diagnosed with basal cell, squamous cell, and other types of skin cancer.

When it comes to skin cancer, you deserve options.

We are here to help.

Appointments are available.
If you have been diagnosed with skin cancer and told you need Mohs surgery, or you are concerned that you may have skin cancer and need treatment, give us a call or schedule your appointment online today.