Transcript for New Procedure May Be Effective for Treating Skin Cancer
A medical alert. Skin cancer cases on the rise here if the U.S. Now there may be good news for some patients. A new cutting edge procedure that could be key to treating certain types of skin kaenser without surgery. Ly linsey Davis has more. Reporter: Hugh Jackman. He's famous for showing photos of his nonmelanoma skin cancer. Some patients are candidates for a fairly new nonsurgical treatment called brachytherapy or rks bx. Parrots on blood thinners. Elderly who can't tolerate surgery. Patients with multiple areas. Reporter: Ebx uses a tiny x-ray source to zap skin cancer. Given by a radiation oncologist. Other than the area draektly being irradiated, they're getting essentially very, very, very little dose. I got my first skin cancer when I was about 50. I've had so many. Probably 300 or 400 stitches all over my body. Reporter: Since then, the patient has used ebx for some new skin cancers. For me, no pain ever. No side effects. You get a little redness. Reporter: It requires about eight appointments for removal. Surge I have usually the first option we offer patients. Reporter: The American academy of dermatology says while ebx may have a role for certain parents, surgery is most effective. More long-term data is needed on the safety and effectiveness of ebx. This dermatologist says she's apprehensive about the ebx. If the cancer reoccurs, it's difficult to reconstruct an area that's been radiated. It can cost ten times auz much. We know surgical therapy works very well. Reporter: The two companies that make ebx ma seens they it is an effective option. There's data showing positive results with up to a four-year followup. For "Good morning America," linsey Davis, ABC news, new York.
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