Electronic skin brachytherapy is used in the treatment of non-melanoma skin cancer. A small surface applicator is applied to the skin, delivering low energy x-rays depending upon the tumor size, depth, patient age, prior treatments or other criteria as determined by a skin care professional.
What are the symptoms?
To be considered for electronic skin brachytherapy, individuals must first be diagnosed with non-melanoma skin cancer tumors. These are generally easy to identify by a skin care professional.
Who gets it?
Unfortunately, skin cancer can affect almost anyone, especially those who spend a lot of time in the sun. This treatment is best for those who are looking for a non-surgical alternative to treating their tumors. Individuals with tumors in uncomfortable or highly visible areas often employ this treatment due to its non-invasive nature and minimal scarring.
Electronic skin brachytherapy treatments are administered by a radiation dermatologist who can determine the strength needed to treat a particular tumor. A physicist will work to ensure all treatments are administered properly. Each treatment takes about three to five minutes, depending upon the severity of the patient’s condition. If you are interested in electronic skin brachytherapy, the skin experts at Forefront Dermatology can develop a treatment plan that is safe, effective and personalized for your health needs and the condition of your skin. For more information, or to make an appointment, call the Forefront Dermatology office near you. For locations, click here.