Basal cell and squamous cell cancers of the skin are usually treated with surgery or radiation therapy. Some skin cancers that do not require very deep radiation may be treated with a new form of radiation therapy applied directly to the skin, called “electronic skin surface brachytherapy” (ESSB). With ESSB, smooth, round disks are applied to the skin and are attached to the radiation therapy machine. They are left in place for just a few minutes while the radiation is delivered, allowing the tumor to be treated while sparing underlying healthy skin from the effects of the radiation.
In this study, researchers are evaluating the effectiveness of ESSB in older patients with early-stage basal cell or squamous cell cancers of the skin. They are assessing safety, cosmetic results, and the effects of ESSB on quality of life.