Re-irradiation for Recurrent Skin Cancer

  • Michael J. Veness
  • Puma Sundaresan
Part of the Medical Radiology book series (MEDRAD)


Radiotherapy has an important role in the management of patients with cutaneous malignancy. Non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC) is the most frequent malignancy worldwide, and as such the absolute number of patients receiving radiotherapy each year is high. An often and well-documented scenario is the development of a second NMSC, if not within a previous radiotherapy field, certainly in close proximity to a previous radiotherapy field, and therefore there may be a requirement to consider overlapping any new radiotherapy field with previously irradiated tissue, if other options are not considered. Published evidence for cutaneous re-irradiation is sparse especially as other options such as surgery are often available. Despite this select patients may be considered for re-irradiation, be that local or occasionally regional, especially where other options are not feasible.


Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy Basal Cell Carcinoma Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy Merkel Cell Carcinoma Biological Equivalent Dose 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Radiation OncologyCrown Princess Mary Cancer Centre, Westmead HospitalWestmeadAustralia
  2. 2.University of SydneySydneyAustralia

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