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Skin Brachytherapy

Cancer

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Overview

Skin brachytherapy is a type of radiation therapy that uses HDR (high dose radiation) to treat basal cell and squamous cell skin cancers. This non-surgical and non-invasive treatment is specific to each patient’s needs. During the procedure, a radioactive seed is placed in a special plastic applicator, which is then laid over the treatment area for five to 10 minutes.

Benefits of HDR brachytherapy include:

  • Less injury to healthy, surrounding tissue
  • Successful functional recovery
  • Short treatment times
  • Possible avoidance of reconstructive surgery

Skin brachytherapy is a suitable treatment for:

  • Skin cancers not completely removed by surgery
  • Avoiding surgical scars
  • Treating areas of the body that may become disfigured