Skin Cancer – Brachytherapy

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Radiation oncologists use a patient-centered approach and individualized treatment plans. To learn more and make an appointment with a UCLA radiation oncologist, contact us at:

Westwood - 310-825-9775
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Santa Monica - 424-259-8777
Downtown LA - 213-744-1460

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.

Our Brachytherapy Experts:

Albert J. Chang, MD, PhD

Albert J. Chang, MD, PhD

Radiation Oncology
Primary Location
Westwood Radiation Oncology
200 Medical Plaza
Suite B265
Los Angeles, California 90095
Areas of Focus
Malignancies of the genitourinary system
Gynecologic cancer
basal cell on nose
Figure 4: Patient with basal cell carcinoma of the right nose treated with a Leipzig applicator.
squamous on arm
Figure 1: Patient with a squamous cell carcinoma cancer of the lower right leg treated with a HDR customize applicator.
carcinoma cancer on leg
Figure 2: Patient with a squamous cell carcinoma cancer of the lower right leg treated with a HDR customize applicator.
nose cancer
Figure 3: Patient with basal cell carcinoma of the right nose treated with a Leipzig applicator.