The use of brachytherapy in the treatment of nonmelanoma skin cancer: A review

Murad Alam*, Shivani Nanda, Bharat B Mittal, Natalie A. Kim, Simon S Yoo

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Nonmelanoma skin cancers can be treated by various modalities, including electrodessication and curettage, excisional techniques, and radiation. In selected cases, radiation may be preferable to surgery. When radiation is an option, brachytherapy, a form of radiation therapy that places the radiation source close to the area to be treated, may have advantages relative to conventional external beam radiation in particular patients. After brachytherapy, recurrence rates for nonmelanoma skin cancers are low, especially for small, superficial lesions, with good to excellent functional and cosmetic results. This article reviews the indications, efficacy, and adverse effects of brachytherapy in the treatment of nonmelanoma skin cancers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)377-388
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Volume65
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2011

Keywords

  • basal cell carcinoma
  • brachytherapy
  • interstitial brachytherapy
  • nonmelanoma skin cancer
  • squamous cell carcinoma
  • surface-mold brachytherapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology

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