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Radiation Therapy in Basal Cell Carcinoma

  • Dirk VordermarkEmail author
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Abstract

Surgery is the standard treatment of basal cell carcinoma and produces cure rates of 90–98%. Radiotherapy is an alternative in patients with contraindications to surgery (e.g., related to age or comorbidities) and in locally advanced basal cell carcinomas. Radiotherapy is delivered via electron or orthovoltage techniques and achieves cure rates of 83–95%. The choice of radiotherapy technique must consider the expected extent of the lesion and the characteristics of the chosen beam energy, especially surface and depth dose distribution. Typical dose regimens for electron radiotherapy are normofractionated or moderately hypofractionated while extremely hypofractionated concepts are available for the most elderly and frail patients.

Keywords

Basal cell carcinoma Electrons Radiotherapy 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Radiation OncologyMartin Luther University Halle-WittenbergHalle (Saale)Germany

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