Advances in Skin Brachytherapy: Cosmesis and Function Preservation.

A Rembielak, G Mansy, EA Barnes, J Licher, N Tselis

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Abstract

Skin brachytherapy represents an excellent alternative treatment for patients with non-melanoma skin cancers. It offers superior conformity of dose distribution with rapid dose fall off, reducing the risk of radiotherapy-related treatment toxicity. A smaller treatment volume in brachytherapy, when compared with external beam radiotherapy, is conducive for hypofractionation, which is an attractive option for decreasing outpatient visits to the cancer centre, especially for elderly and frail patients. Skin brachytherapy is an excellent option to preserve function and cosmesis, especially in skin cancers located in the head and neck region. Electronic brachytherapy, image-guided superficial brachytherapy and 3D printed moulds are all emerging advances in skin brachytherapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)507-515
Number of pages9
JournalClinical oncology (Royal College of Radiologists (Great Britain))
Volume35
Issue number8
Early online date23 Feb 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2023

Keywords

  • 3D printed moulds
  • electronic brachytherapy
  • image-guided superficial brachytherapy
  • skin brachytherapy

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