There’s Help For Summer Skin Cancer
The good news is that skin cancer is almost 100 percent curable if found early and treated promptly! What is skin cancer?
Cancer is a disease in which cells become abnormal and form more cells in an uncontrolled way. With skin cancer, the cancer begins in cells that make up the skin. The skin is the body’s largest organ. It protects us against heat, light, injury, and infection. It regulates body temperature and stores water, fat, and vitamin D. With skin cancer, new cells form when the skin does not need them, and old cells do not die when they should. These extra cells form a mass of tissue called tumors. Not all tumors are cancer! Tumors that are cancer can invade and damage nearby tissues and organs, and sometimes can spread to other parts of the body. Skin cancers are named for the types of cells where the cancer starts. At the Institute for Advanced Radiation Oncology, we are committed to making your cancer treatment a comfortable and successful experience. We offer individualized High Dose Rate (HDR) Brachytherapy for skin cancer, which minimizes the amount of radiation and side effects on nearby healthy tissues.
What is Skin HDR Brachytherapy?
Skin HDR (high dose rate) Brachytherapy is a radiotherapy technique, which is performed for certain types of basal cell or squamous cell skin cancers. It is a non-invasive curative treatment for skin cancers, which allows direct placement of the radiation over the lesion and provides maximize treatment results with little to no effects on the surrounding areas. It provides an effective alternative treatment with minimal side effects for selected patients and those who cannot be treated surgically.
I nstitute F or A dvanced R adiation O ncology We Specialize In:
• Gamma Knife Radiosurgery • Tomotherapy • Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) • Stereotactic Body Radiosurgery • Intensity Modulated Radiation
Squamous cancer nose
Three months after HDR radiation
What is the treatment time?
HDR Brachytherpy is typically delivered in 3-5 minutes sessions over the course of six visits over a two week period of time. Skin cancer is effectively eliminated over 90 percent of the time. The treatment is completely painless.
Benefit of HDR Brachytherapy on skin cancer
• Radioactive Seed Implantation (Brachytherapy)
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With this technique, a skin cancer is eliminated without surgery and therefore, without the potential disfiguring effects of removing lesions along the face, ears, and other areas where cosmetic appearance is important to you. The reduction in normal tissue injury means more rapid and complete functional recovery. HDR provides shorter overall treatment times than external therapy beam radiation. Each fraction (session) of treatment can be completed in a matter of minutes.
For an immediate consultation or a second opinion, please call us @ 732-923-6890. Mitchell F. Weiss, MD
Board Certified Radiation Oncologist Chairman, Monmouth Medical Center Radiation Oncology Training at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Former Chief Resident, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center NJ Monthly “Top Docs” 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 Member, American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
Sang E. Sim, MD
Board Certified Radiation Oncologist Co-Medical Director, GammaKnife at Monmouth Medical Center Training at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Former Chief Resident, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Previous Chief of Radiation Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Basking Ridge, NJ NJ Monthly “Top Docs” 2011 and 2015 Member, American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
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Published on Jun 29, 2017
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