Electronic brachytherapy is a type of radiotherapy applied directly to a cancerous site, helping to spare healthy tissue and organs. Electronic brachytherapy in the treatment of non-melanoma skin cancers offers several advantages over traditional treatment, such as Mohs surgery. It is a relatively new use of the same equipment that’s been used for intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT).
The electronic brachytherapy system used by Virginia Mason allows for the administration of surface brachytherapy without the use of a radioactive isotope or megavoltage linear accelerator – providing a great treatment solution for superficial types of cancers, such as non-melanoma skin cancers.
Benefits of electronic brachytherapy include:
- Non-invasive procedure
- Achieves good to excellent cosmetic results
- Good treatment option for cancers around the eye and nose, that are more difficult to treat surgically
An advantage of electronic brachytherapy is the convenient treatment regimen — typically being administered twice a week for a total of eight treatments, compared to electron beam therapy, which typically requires 15-30 daily treatments.
Consultation and Assessment
Virginia Mason provides consultation and assessment to determine if skin cancer patients are good candidates for treatment with electronic brachytherapy. Treatment mapping is completed the day of the consultation and patients can typically begin treatment in less than a week.
Call Virginia Mason for more information about electronic brachytherapy treatment for non-melanoma skin cancers: (206) 223-6801