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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 55  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 363-366

Plesiotherapy for non-melanoma skin cancer: Innovating to overcome!

1 Department of Radiation Oncology, AMRI Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
2 Department of Radiation Oncology, NRS Medical College, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
3 Department of Radiation Oncology, North Bengal Medical College, Siliguri, Darjeeling, West Bengal, India

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Amitabh Ray
AMRI Hospital, Annexe Building, P-4&5, CIT scheme-LXXII, Block A, Gariahat Road, Kolkata 700029, West Bengal
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5154.74547

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Background: The non-surgical management of non-melanoma skin cancers is an area requiring clinical investigation. Radiotherapy has a role in treatment for a defined subset of patients. Aims: The application of radiotherapy is subject to availability of proper equipment, non-availability of which precludes appropriate radiotherapy in most centers in third world countries. Materials and Methods: The introduction of innovations is needed to circumvent this. Plesiotherapy is such a mode of therapy for non-melanoma skin cancer. Results: In this paper we present successful management of a cohort of non-melanoma skin cancer patients with plesiotherapy using stepping source 192 Ir HDR source. Conclusions: Plesiothrapy is an effective mode of therapy for non-melanoma skin cancer.

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