Esteya is the non-invasive solution for treating skin cancer. As treatment times are only two to three minutes per visit, Esteya can be a great option for patients with an active lifestyle.
Understanding the role of electronic brachytherapy in the treatment of non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC) will better prepare you to make an informed decision about your situation. Please use the information presented in this guide to initiate discussions with your care providers, family and friends.
Esteya is a patient-friendly, electronic brachytherapy solution for treating skin cancer. Specifically designed for non-melanoma skin cancer treatments, Esteya provides a non-surgical treatment that destroys cancer cells while sparing healthy surrounding tissue. There's minimal or no recovery period — which means there will be negligible impact on your daily activities.
Skin cancer commonly occurs on exposed areas — such as your face, hands, legs, or scalp — surfaces that may make treatment challenging, or where post-surgery scars are undesirable. If you’ve been diagnosed with non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC), including basal and squamous cell carcinomas, ask your licensed healthcare provider (for instance a dermatologist or radiation oncologist) if you’re a candidate for Esteya.
For skin cancer treatments, your physician will consider your age, disease type and stage (how your disease has advanced), as well as cosmetic and functional impact, to determine which one or combination of modalities to recommend for your specific case:
Electronic brachytherapy places a radiation source directly at the cancerous lesion on the surface of the skin, to destroy the cancer cells while sparing the healthy surrounding tissue. This is an effective method for treating non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC), including basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), particularly for cases involving a highly visible, functionally sensitive or challenging area.
Electronic brachytherapy utilizes an x-ray tube to create radiation and may be delivered in your physician’s office.
Esteya is specifically designed to treat non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC), and offers a number of patient benefits:
If you answer yes to any of the following, ask your dermatologist if you are a candidate for Esteya:
Your Esteya treatment is performed under the direction of a dermatologist or radiation oncologist, a physician who is specially trained and experienced in cancer and radiation treatments. Treatments require just a few brief visits to your dermatologist or radiation oncology clinic.
Common side effects may include temporary redness, dryness, itching or soreness in the treated area. Discuss the treatment options with your doctor to make an informed decision about your case.
The Esteya system brings a small x-ray source very close to your cancer lesion. Rather than surgically cutting tissue away, high dose rate (HDR) radiation is precisely focused at cancerous tissue to destroy it.
Treatments require just a few brief visits to your dermatologist or radiation oncology clinic. Skin cancer treatment requires an individualized approach. Your doctor will recommend a course of treatment and therapeutic modality based on your general health, age, medical history and the type, size and location of your cancer. Even in patients whose NMSC occurs in highly visible areas, Esteya offers a new option with excellent cosmetic and clinical results.
Esteya offers a new option for treating skin cancer with excellent cosmetic and clinical results.
The therapy typically is delivered over six to eight treatments twice per week.
Please see to the right an example of a 67-year old male patient who had skin cancer on the scalp.
Images and patient case courtesy of University and Polytechnic Hospital La Fe, Valencia 2014.
Results and outcomes of this patient case should not be interpreted as a guarantee of similar results.
Individual results may vary depending on circumstances and the patient’s condition. — See more at: What is Esteya?