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Electronic Brachytherapy

As Seen On The Doctors - Featuring Expert Advice from Dr. Michael Lin

Electronic brachytherapy is a non-invasive alternative to treating skin cancer. It is painless, highly effective, and has shown excellent cosmetic results.

Why Electronic Brachytherapy?

This treatment is especially beneficial in treating cosmetically challenging areas, such as the nose, ears and eyelids, and for areas prone to wound closure problems, such as the shin and scalp. It may also be the sound option for patients for whom surgery presents a high intra-operative or elevated risk of post-operative complications.

Surgery is a very effective skin cancer treatment and is the most commonly selected therapy among patients. Some patients, however, would like to have another option due to concerns about scarring in certain highly visible areas of the skin, such as the face or hands. In addition, some physicians may opt for a different treatment to surgery if they anticipate a challenging wound closure.

In some cases, radiation therapy is an appropriate and effective option because of the particularly highly focused, high dose rate (HDR) radiotherapy techniques that are used. A well-established technique, HDR brachytherapy, has shown outstanding results and excellent patient tolerance. A new brachytherapy solution called electronic brachytherapy promises an even more refined and elegant approach to treating skin cancer.

"This technology was previously only available in large hospitals and cancer centers. Now, this technology has been made portable, safer, and can even be performed in the dermatology office. The main benefits of this procedure are that it is painless, highly effective, has excellent cosmetic results and is more accessible." - Michael Lin, MD

Electronic Brachytherapy
Squamous Cell Carcinoma Treatment: Neck
Before and After Photos

Measuring the Squamous Cell Carcinoma in the Neck Before Photos of Squamous Cell Carcinoma Treatment Using Electronic Brachytherapy
Before and After Squamous Cell Carcinoma Treatment Using Electronic Brachytherapy After-Effects of Electronic Brachytherapy Treatment
After Squamous Cell Carcinoma Treatment Using Electronic Brachytherapy After Squamous Cell Carcinoma Treatment Using Electronic Brachytherapy
After Photos of Squamous Cell Carcinoma Treatment Using Electronic Brachytherapy  

Frequently Asked Questions

Question:
How do I find out if I'm a candidate for brachytherapy?

Dr. Lin
Brachytherapy is approved for treatment of biopsy-proven basal cell and squamous cell skin cancers. If you have a bump that looks suspicious for skin cancer, we would recommend a biopsy to determine the best course of treatment. If the bump has already been biopsied, please bring a copy of your biopsy result.

 

Question:
Is this covered by insurance?

Dr. Lin
Electronic Brachytherapy is covered by Medicare in the state of California. Insurance coverage may be covered by Medicare in other states and by many PPO and HMO insurances, but insurance coverage would need to be verified.

 

Question:
Is this treatment FDA approved?

Dr. Lin
Yes, Electronic Brachytherapy is FDA-Approved.

 

Question:
What parts of the body can be treated?

Dr. Lin
It can be used on any part of the body. It is especially beneficial in treating cosmetically challenging areas, such as the nose, ears and eye areas, and for locations difficult to close surgically, such as the hands, lower legs, and scalp.

 

Question:
What are the benefits of Electronic Brachytherapy over surgery?

Dr. Lin
Electronic Brachytherapy is ideal for patients that are non-surgical candidates due to bleeding disorders, physical impairment, mental impairment, and other medical conditions. Also, Electronic Brachytherapy is painless, has a high cure rate, and does not leave a linear surgical scar.

 

Question:
Is the treatment painful?

Dr. Lin
The treatment is completely painless and the actual treatments takes less than 5 minutes.

 

Question:
How many treatments are required?

Dr. Lin
Eight treatments are required over a 4 week period.

 

Question:
How do I make an appointment?

Dr. Lin
Please call 818-906-6900 or email us at info@drmichaellin.com.

 

Question:
I'm coming from out of town. What kind of schedule does brachytherapy treatment require?

Dr. Lin
The full course of treatment takes about 1 month. Please count on 8-10 visits to our office over the 1 month period.

 
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