Full TitleA Multicenter Pilot Study of Electronic Skin Surface Brachytherapy for Cutaneous Basal Cell and Squamous Cell Carcinoma
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.
To be eligible for this study, patients must meet several criteria, including but not limited to the following:
- Patients must have previously untreated early-stage basal cell or squamous cell carcinoma of the skin in an area that was never previously treated with radiation therapy.
- This study is for patients age 60 and older.