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What are the potential benefits 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
  • 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
  • Avoidance of surgery 6; 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 , minimal impact on the patients quality of life 1
  • Short treatment times, fractions are usually delivered within minutes 7



1. Bhatnagar, A., & Loper, A. (2010). The initial experience of electronic brachytherapy for the treatment of non melanoma skin cancer. Radiat oncol, 28(5), 87
2. Gauden, R., Pracy, M., Every, A. M., & Gauden, S. (2013). HDR brachytherapy for superficial non-melanoma skin cancers. J Med Imaging Radiat Oncol, 57(2), 212-217
3. Guix, B., Finestres, F., Tello, J.-I., Palma, C., Martinez, A., Guix, J.-R., et al. (2000). Treatment of skin carcinomas of the face by high dose rate brachytherapy and custom made surface molds. Int J Radiation Oncology Biol Phys., 47(1), 95-102
4. Rio, E., Bardet, E., Ferron, C., Peuvrel, P., Supiot, S., Campion, L., et al. (2005, November 1). Interstitial brachytherapy of periorificial skin carcinomas of the face: a retrospective study of 97 cases. International Journal of Radiation Oncology*Biology*physics, 63(3), 753-757
5. Tormo, A., Perez Calatayud, J., Roldan, S., Lliso, F., Miranda, S., Carmona, V., et al. (2011). Preliminary Clinical results Using Valencia Applicator and a New Fracitonation in Non Melanoma Skin Cancer Treatments. Brachytherapy, 10, S14-S101
6. Wang, y., Wells, W., & Waldron, J. (2009). Indications and Outcomes of Radiation Therapy for Skin Cancer of the Head and Neck. Clin Plast Surg, 36, 335-344
7. Garcia-Martinez, T., Chan, J. P., Perez Calatayud, J., & Ballester, F. (2014). Dosimetric characteristics of a new unit for electronic skin brachytherapy. Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy, 6(1)