If you’ve been diagnosed with non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC), including basal and squamous cell carcinomas, you’re probably wondering about your treatment options and how your life might be impacted.
Skin cancer commonly occurs on exposed areas, such as your face, hands, legs or scalp, where uneven surfaces may make treatment challenging, or where post-surgery scars are undesirable. If you have been diagnosed with NMSC, perhaps Compass Health’s new electronic brachytherapy treatment is right for you.
What Is Electronic Brachytherapy Treatment?
Compass Health’s brachytherapy treatment is the only treatment of its kind in mid- Michigan. The system brings a small X-ray source very close to the cancer lesion. Rather than surgically cutting the tissue away, high dose rate (HDR) radiation is precisely focused at cancerous tissue to destroy it. Treatments require just a few brief visits to the Compass Cancer Center.
Skin cancer treatment requires an individualized approach. Your Compass Health radiation oncologist will recommend a course of treatment and therapeutic modality based on your general health, age, medical history and the type, size and location of your cancer. Even in patients whose NMSC occurs in highly visible areas, Compass Health offers a new option with excellent cosmetic and clinical results.
Is It Safe?
At Compass Health, your treatment is performed under the direction of a Board –Certified Radiation Oncologist – a physician who is specially trained and experienced in cancer and radiation treatments. Designed by a global leader in brachytherapy, this treatment allows the therapy to be focused directly at the cancerous lesion without damaging surrounding tissue. The applicators are uniquely designed to protect the healthy surrounding skin without additional shielding meaning your treatment is provided in a comfortable office room setting. The applicators come in a variety of sizes to enable safe and effective treatment of the challenging areas – such as around the eyes, on the nose, or on the shin. And, built-in features support your safety while optimizing treatment benefits.
Common side effects may include temporary redness, dryness, itching or soreness in the treated area. Be sure to discuss all the possible side effects with your Compass Health physician in order to make an informed decision in your own best interest.
The Compass Health team is here for you
We understand that you may have questions or apprehensions about any treatment modalities. Be assured that you will feel a part of your treatment plan. At Compass Health, we are dedicated to our patients and believe in straight-forward and compassionate communication. Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.