The gentle option for treating skin cancer

What is Esteya?

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.

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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.

What is Esteya?

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.

Esteya machine

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.

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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:

  • Radiotherapy – external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) and brachytherapy (for example, Esteya electronic brachytherapy or high dose rate brachytherapy)
  • Surgery – traditional excision and Mohs surgery, in which layers of skin are successively removed and examined microscopically until no cancer cells remain
  • Topical therapies – photodynamic therapy, cryotherapy (freezing with liquid nitrogen), chemotherapy or immunotherapy creams

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.

is a device used to deliver radioactive sources to the tumor target.
involves the placement of wires, seeds or needles containing a source of radiation in or near a tumor, to release radiation over time.
Conformance (conformality)
refers to the close alignment of the treatment to the size, shape, and volume of the tumor target.
Electronic brachytherapy
is the use of high-energy radiation from an x-ray source to destroy cancer cells.
External beam radiation therapy/radiotherapy
is the use of high-energy radiation from x-rays, gamma rays, electrons and other sources to destroy cancer cells.
High dose rate
describes the delivery of higher doses of radiation to the target for enhanced effectiveness and faster treatments.
is a physician who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
Side effect
is used to describe a secondary, undesirable response to radiation exposure.
is treatment by excision or manipulation, especially with instruments.
is an abnormal mass of tissue, usually caused by excessive cell division and growth.
is a high-energy stream of electromagnetic radiation having a frequency higher than that of ultraviolet light but less than that of a gamma ray, used in medicine and industry to produce images of internal structures.

Is Esteya right for you?

Esteya is specifically designed to treat non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC), and offers a number of patient benefits:



No Recovery Downtime

If you answer yes to any of the following, ask your dermatologist if you are a candidate for Esteya:

  • My NMSC is in a challenging location (such as eye lids, lips, ears, fingers, scalp or shin)
  • My NMSC is in a highly visible location (such as face, hands or shoulders)
  • I would prefer an alternative to skin cancer surgery (e.g., Mohs surgery)
  • I am on blood thinners, I am a smoker, I am diabetic
  • I have an active lifestyle

Who should I ask for Esteya treatment?

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.

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How does it work?

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.

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Treatment 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.

before treatment
before treatment

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?

Patient testimonials

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