Electronic brachytherapy is an effective treatment approach for the treatment of many types of skin cancers as well as some non-cancerous lesions like keloids. At the Dermatology & Laser Center of San Diego, skin cancer patients receive an in-depth evaluation to determine the best approach for their needs.
Electronic brachytherapy is a procedure developed for the treatment of skin cancer. The technique uses low-level radiation and a specially-designed handpiece to treat cancerous cells in the skin, leaving the healthy tissues and organs in the surrounding area unaffected. Radiation is applied directly to the site of the skin cancer for more focused treatment. It's an ideal treatment for superficial types of cancer such as basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma, and it can also be used to treat some cases of melanoma and other lesions as well.
Electronic brachytherapy can treat an array of cancerous lesions, such as:
basal cell carcinoma
squamous cell carcinoma
Kaposi 's sarcoma
Merkel cell carcinoma
lentigo maligna melanoma
cutaneous lymphomas (B and T cell)
Unlike surgical excision including Mohs surgery, electronic brachytherapy is completely noninvasive, meaning no incisions are required for treatment. Studies have shown the results of electronic brachytherapy are comparable to those achieved with Mohs surgery, making the technique a viable option for some types of lesions. Because it can be applied via the surface of the skin, it's an ideal solution for the treatment of lesions around the eyes and nose and it can achieve good cosmetic results in other areas as well.
Electronic brachytherapy typically requires two treatments per week for four weeks for a total of eight applications. By contrast, traditional radiotherapy usually requires 25 to 40 treatments (from three to five treatments per week).
Yes, the technique is approved by the FDA for the treatment for skin cancer.
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