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

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

49 Citations (Scopus)

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

Fingerprint

Brachytherapy
Skin Neoplasms
Radiation
Therapeutics
Curettage
Cosmetics
Radiotherapy
Recurrence

Keywords

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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology

Cite this

@article{aec1ca484a194ce999cdbcca366b0189,
title = "The use of brachytherapy in the treatment of nonmelanoma skin cancer: A review",
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.",
keywords = "basal cell carcinoma, brachytherapy, interstitial brachytherapy, nonmelanoma skin cancer, squamous cell carcinoma, surface-mold brachytherapy",
author = "Murad Alam and Shivani Nanda and Mittal, {Bharat B} and Kim, {Natalie A.} and Yoo, {Simon S}",
year = "2011",
month = "8",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1016/j.jaad.2010.03.027",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "65",
pages = "377--388",
journal = "Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology",
issn = "0190-9622",
publisher = "Mosby Inc.",
number = "2",

}

The use of brachytherapy in the treatment of nonmelanoma skin cancer : A review. / Alam, Murad; Nanda, Shivani; Mittal, Bharat B; Kim, Natalie A.; Yoo, Simon S.

In: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, Vol. 65, No. 2, 01.08.2011, p. 377-388.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

TY - JOUR

T1 - The use of brachytherapy in the treatment of nonmelanoma skin cancer

T2 - A review

AU - Alam, Murad

AU - Nanda, Shivani

AU - Mittal, Bharat B

AU - Kim, Natalie A.

AU - Yoo, Simon S

PY - 2011/8/1

Y1 - 2011/8/1

N2 - 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.

AB - 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.

KW - basal cell carcinoma

KW - brachytherapy

KW - interstitial brachytherapy

KW - nonmelanoma skin cancer

KW - squamous cell carcinoma

KW - surface-mold brachytherapy

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=79960419826&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=79960419826&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1016/j.jaad.2010.03.027

DO - 10.1016/j.jaad.2010.03.027

M3 - Review article

VL - 65

SP - 377

EP - 388

JO - Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology

JF - Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology

SN - 0190-9622

IS - 2

ER -