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The Treatment of Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer with Image-Guided Superficial Radiation Therapy: An Analysis of 2917 Invasive and In Situ Keratinocytic Carcinoma Lesions

The Treatment of Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer with Image-Guided Superficial Radiation Therapy: An... IntroductionAn image-guided form of superficial ionizing radiation therapy (IGSRT) is becoming a commonly used alternative to surgery for non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC). However, there is little literature evidence evaluating the efficacy and safety of this approach. This study evaluates the efficacy and safety of IGSRT in treating a large number of patients with NMSC.MethodsThe medical records of 1632 stage 0–II patients with 2917 invasive and in situ NMSC lesions treated from years 2017 to 2020 were reviewed. No patients had clinical evidence of regional lymph node or distant disease at presentation.ResultsTreatment, guided by pre-treatment ultrasound imaging to adjust radiation energy and dose, combined with a fractionation treatment schedule of 20 or more treatment fractions, was safe and well tolerated. Of 2917 NMSC lesions treated, local tumor control was achieved in 2897 lesions, representing a 99.3% rate of control.ConclusionIGSRT should be considered as a first-line option for treating NMSC tumors in suitable early stage patients. Cure rates observed in this initial period of follow-up are similar, and potentially superior with further follow-up, to traditional superficial radiation therapy (SRT) and surgical options. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Oncology and Therapy Springer Journals

The Treatment of Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer with Image-Guided Superficial Radiation Therapy: An Analysis of 2917 Invasive and In Situ Keratinocytic Carcinoma Lesions

Oncology and Therapy , Volume 9 (1) – Feb 5, 2021

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Springer Journals
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Copyright © The Author(s) 2021
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2366-1070
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2366-1089
DOI
10.1007/s40487-021-00138-4
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Abstract

IntroductionAn image-guided form of superficial ionizing radiation therapy (IGSRT) is becoming a commonly used alternative to surgery for non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC). However, there is little literature evidence evaluating the efficacy and safety of this approach. This study evaluates the efficacy and safety of IGSRT in treating a large number of patients with NMSC.MethodsThe medical records of 1632 stage 0–II patients with 2917 invasive and in situ NMSC lesions treated from years 2017 to 2020 were reviewed. No patients had clinical evidence of regional lymph node or distant disease at presentation.ResultsTreatment, guided by pre-treatment ultrasound imaging to adjust radiation energy and dose, combined with a fractionation treatment schedule of 20 or more treatment fractions, was safe and well tolerated. Of 2917 NMSC lesions treated, local tumor control was achieved in 2897 lesions, representing a 99.3% rate of control.ConclusionIGSRT should be considered as a first-line option for treating NMSC tumors in suitable early stage patients. Cure rates observed in this initial period of follow-up are similar, and potentially superior with further follow-up, to traditional superficial radiation therapy (SRT) and surgical options.

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Oncology and TherapySpringer Journals

Published: Feb 5, 2021

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