What’s New At The Cancer Center?- Innovative Treatment for Skin Cancers
As a continuation of the Cancer Center’s dedication to providing the most comprehensive treatment options, we provide an innovative treatment for skin cancers using a non-surgical, non-invasive, painless treatment taking only a few minutes.
What is Skin Brachytherapy
The majority of skin cancers diagnosed are non-melanoma cancers (basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma). These skin cancers can be treated successfully with surgery, but for the areas such as nose, eyelids, lips, and ears this could result with much disfigurement.
Brachytherapy delivers high doses of radiation with a very high degree of precision, which reduces any damage to surrounding tissue. Brachytherapy not only provides good cosmetic results, but also has been very effective in preventing recurrence of the skin cancer.
High dose rate (HDR) Brachytherapy for the skin utilizes an applicator that allows the radiation to be in close proximity to the cancer. These applicators may be surface applicators, catheter flaps, or custom molds. Below are pictures showing some of these types of applicators. The treatment time is significantly less than the external beam radiation therapy due to the local nature. Sessions are typically,