Here, at the UCLA Radiation Oncology Division of Brachytherapy, 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 Brachytherapy is a radiotherapy technique which is performed for certain types of basal cell or squamous cell skin cancers. It provides an effective alternative treatment with minimal side effects for selected patients and those who cannot be treated surgically.
Benefit of HDR Brachytherapy on skin cancer
- May avoid the need for reconstructive surgery.
- Reduction in normal tissue injury means more rapid and complete functional recovery.
- Shorter overall treatment times than external beam radiation therapy and each fraction (session) of treatment can be completed in a matter of minutes.