Friday, August 10, 2012

New Surface Brachytherapy Option for Skin Cancer Patients

Some skin cancer patients at GBMC’s Sandra & Malcolm Berman Cancer Institute have a new method for receiving their treatments. The Radiation Oncology Department is now home to a piece of equipment capable of delivering brachytherapy directly to non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC) tumors.

This treatment may be considered as an alternative to surgery or standard external beam radiation in certain instances or as a complement to a necessary surgical procedure. “Delivering brachytherapy via the microSelectron Digital Afterloader high dose rate (HDR) unit allows us to apply surface radiation with precision so that we can spare healthy tissue surrounding the tumor. This often means the patient can expect a shorter recovery time and excellent cosmetic results,” says radiation oncologist Albert L. Blumberg, MD.

For additional information about the Radiation Oncology services provided at GBMC, visit or call 443-849-2540.

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