What are the potential advantages of brachytherapy?

  • Brachytherapy is a very effective and highly convenient treatment for skin cancer.
  • Multiple studies have shown brachytherapy to be highly effective for the treatment of nonmelanoma skin cancer.1,2,3,4,5,6
  • Excellent cosmetic outcome, side effects are minimal and up to 100% of patients report an excellent or good cosmetic outcome.1,2,3,4,5,6
  • Avoidance of surgery7; no cutting, no need for extensive wound care, no risk of bleeding or other wound complications, no surgical scars.
  • Non-invasive and virtually painless procedure (in case of superficial brachytherapy), minimal impact on the patient’s quality of life.4,5
  • Short treatment times, fractions are usually delivered within minutes.1

References

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  2. Bussu F. et al. Brachytherapy 2021; 20(1):178-84. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.brachy.2020.08.008 Accessed June 2021
  3. Delishaj D et al. J Contemp Brachyther 2016; 8(6):533-40. Available at: https://doi.org/10.5114/jcb.2016.64112 Accessed June 2021
  4. Ouhib Z et al. Brachytherapy 2015; 14:840-58. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.brachy.2015.06.005 Accessed June 2021
  5. Tormo A et al. J Contemp Brachyther 2014; 6(2):167-172. Available at: https://dx.doi.org/10.5114%2Fjcb.2014.43247 Accessed June 2021
  6. Gauden R et al. J Med Imaging Radiat Oncol 2013; 57(2):212-7. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1754-9485.2012.02466.x Accessed June 2021
  7. Wang Y et al. Clin Plast Surg 2009; 36(3):336-44. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cps.2009.02.008 Accessed June 2021