Charlotte, N.C., June 6, 2016 – At Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center, doctors are using brachytherapy, a form of radiation therapy, to treat nonmelanoma skin cancers. Using a device called the Leipzig applicator, it offers a noninvasive approach to treatment by delivering radiation directly to the skin lesion. This alternative to surgery targets cancer cells without pain or damage to surrounding healthy tissue.
“As a physician, it’s very
rewarding to be able to offer a nonsurgical treatment for skin cancer that
delivers equally great results without the pain or scarring,” said Dr. William Warlick, a
radiation oncologist who uses Leipzig to treat his patients at Presbyterian
Benefits of skin brachytherapy
using the Leipzig applicator include no cutting, no pain, little to no
scarring, no bleeding, less than 10-minute procedures, pinpoint accuracy, preservation
of more healthy tissue and improved cure rates. Short-term side effects usually
include mild redness of the treated area, but can also include dry peeling or
moist skin. These side effects usually resolve within two weeks after
treatment. Long-term side effects may include a slight discoloration of the
skin at the treatment site and localized hair loss.
should discuss treatment options and relative risks of potential side effects
with their doctor. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer and treatment
is often highly effective when cancer is caught early. Tell your doctor if you
notice a mole that has changed in size, shape or color.
more information on Leipzig or to request a consult, please call 704-384-4188.