The First Radiation Center Offering this Cutting-Edge technology in New York City.
The Farber Center for Radiation Oncology has become the first treatment center in New York City——to treat skin cancer patients with Flexitron, an advanced HDR brachytherapy delivery system that brings a whole new world of safety to brachytherapy, providing to-the-millimeter accuracy while allowing physicians to administer higher, more concentrated doses of radiation directly to cancer cells. . Flexitron is the most advanced afterloader ever offered by Nucletron – the acknowledged leader in brachytherapy-based precision radiation oncology.
Dr. Leonard Farber, Radiation Oncologist and founder of the Farber Center, is currently treating the first skin cancer patient to undergo HDR Brachytherapy treatment at the center with the Flexitron system. In keeping with The Farber Center’s commitment to state-of-the-art technology and patient comfort, Flexitron represents cutting-edge, minimally invasive care that puts the patient first.
Skin cancers can often be successfully treated by the surgical removal of the cancerous tumor typically Mohs surgery. Surgery on the nose, ears, eyelids or lips may cause disfigurement or require reconstructive surgery under a general anesthetic to maintain the natural appearance. Brachytherapy with the Flexitron system is an effective alternative treatment for BCC and SCC skin cancer and avoids the need for reconstructive surgery. It also has its advantages over surgery for patients with a large number of lesions, elderly patients, or patients who are otherwise inoperable, and advantages over external beam radiotherapy as it requires shorter treatment times and less side effects.
The Flexitron applicator facilitates close contact between the brachytherapy radiation source and the skin. This helps ensure conformity of the radiation dose to the tumor to provide excellent cosmetic results and clinical efficacy. Below is a picture of a squamos cell skin cancer before and after radiation treatment.
“We’re so pleased to be able to offer this truly revolutionary treatment at The Farber Center,” says Dr. Farber. “HDR Brachytherapy with Flexitron offers an ideal treatment for our patients in New York, as it is a short, targeted, non-invasive course that provides a superior level of care and lets our patients live their lives with minimal interference.”
At a dedicated suite at the The Farber Center, patients will receive HDR Brachytherapy with the Flexitron system treatment typically twice a week for up to 4 weeks, and allow patients to return to work or home the same day of treatment.