We're here to help you make a meaningful choice in your care. Here are some of the most asked questions.

Who is Clear? Tell me more about the treatment.

  • What is Clear Skin Cancer Center?

    Clear Skin Cancer Centers™ is the premier facility that performs the most advanced treatment for non-melanoma skin cancers that is non-invasive and with excellent clinical and cosmetic results.

  • How do I know that this is the right treatment for my skin cancer?

    This non-invasive form of treatment is an effective, alternative option to surgical excisions for non-melanoma skin cancers. Ideal candidates are those who are not able to undergo surgical excision (medical co-morbidities, blood thinning medications, lesions in difficult to heal locations), those with challenging anatomical locations (e.g., eyes, nose, ears, scalp), or those who are not willing to undergo surgical excision.  Ask your Dermatologists if you are a good candidate for this treatment.

  • How is the treatment given?

    Treatments are quick, taking no more than 5-6 minutes per treatment. A typical treatment course is given over 8 treatments, twice per week for 4 weeks.

  • How effective are the treatments? What are the outcomes?

    Treatment of non-melanoma skin cancer with electronic brachytherapy using surface applicators is extremely effective with excellent cosmetic outcome, cure rates of over 95-98%, and minimal recurrences.

Costs and day of treatment concerns.

  • How much does it costs?

    Treatments are covered by Medicare and most private insurance plans including Humana, Cigna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, United and Aetna. Unfortunately Memorial Health and TriCare do not cover our services. If you’re not insured, there are patient credit and cash options.

  • Where can I get the treatments done?

    Treatments are performed at one of our multiple outpatient facilities throughout the city. Please ask your Dermatologist to see if you are a good candidate to be referred to us. If you do not have a Dermatologist, we can also see you directly and connect you with one of Dermatologists in our network.

  • Am I treated in a cancer center where other cancer patients are also being treated?

    No. Your treatments are done in a beautiful outpatient facility which specializes only in skin cancer. No other cancers are treated at our facilities.

  • May I drive myself to my electronic radiation therapy appointment?

    Yes. Your activities are unlimited before and after treatment.

What to expect and are there any side affects?

  • Are Clear electronic brachytherapy radiation treatments painful?

    No. Clear electronic brachytherapy treatments are painless. In fact, the treatments cause no sensation at all.

  • Will I lose my hair or have nausea and vomiting?

    No. Side effects, if any, from electronic brachytherapy / radiation only occur where the treatment is/was delivered. Any part of the body outside of the treatment area is completely unaffected.

  • What are the common short-term side effects of skin electronic brachytherapy radiation treatments?

    Near the completion of the source of therapy the skin may become somewhat red and irritated, similar to a sunburn. Skin irritation typically resolves very quickly after the treatment is completed.

  • Does skin electronic brachytherapy cause scarring?

    No. It is possible that the skin in the treated area may become slightly darker or lighter but this is usually very minimal. The cosmetic outcome is excellent in the vast majority of cases.

Are there any concerns over radiation?

  • Isn’t radiation dangerous? Doesn’t radiation cause cancer?

    Radiation is like any other tool: it is completely safe and therapeutic when used properly. Radiation in therapeutic doses to the skin poses no risk of causing secondary cancers in the treated area or elsewhere in the body.

  • Will other organs in my body be exposed to radiation?

    No. Fortunately, electronic brachytherapy radiation for skin cancer is delivered very superficially and does not affect any other organs of the body. Only the area in the treatment field is exposed.

  • Can I receive additional radiation therapy in the future if I need it?

    Yes. Radiation can be safely delivered to new skin cancers or other parts of the body without difficulty.

  • Is electronic brachytherapy / radiation therapy for skin cancer a new or experimental treatment?

    No. Radiation as a treatment for skin cancer has been proven extremely effective with regard to both cure and cosmetic outcome for many decades. Electronic brachytherapy is, however, the newest and most accurate method of delivering this time-proven therapy.

How can Clear's procedure help with keloids?

  • What causes keloids?

    The exact cause of keloids is not yet clearly described. The suspected problem is abnormalities in cell proliferation whereby the process of healing is not halted normally. Scar tissue continues to build, leading to large and unsightly scars. There are genetic factors that predispose patients to keloid scar formation. Hormonal factors also affect the risk of keloid formation. Because keloids tend to demonstrate accelerated growth during puberty or pregnancy and tend to resolve with menopause. Other hormones linked to keloid formation include thyroid hormone alterations and melanocyte-stimulating hormones.

  • How many steroid injections would I need after a keloid removal?

    This is a clinical decision that depends on the patient and the extent of the keloid. In general, three injections are recommended at one month intervals.

  • Do lasers offer an advantage in treatment of keloids?

    The pulsed dye laser has shown some benefit in treatment of keloids, through suppression of fibroblast proliferation. However, the long-term efficacy of this technology is lacking.

  • What is the likelihood of a keloid returning after it's removed?

    There are widely reported success rates for treatment of keloids. Success rates vary from 50% to 100%. Keloid scars that have failed to resolve with standard therapies, such as excision and steroid injections, can respond to combination of surgical excision followed by radiation therapy.

  • How many radiation sessions are required for treatment of keloids?

    Surgical excision is usually followed by 4 radiation sessions, with the first session given within 48 hours, and the other 3 sessions spread over the next 7-10 day period.

  • What causes hypertrophic scars?

    Hypertrophic scars are caused by excess tension across wounds. Other factors implicated in the etiology of abnormal scar formation include wound infection, a prolonged inflammatory response, and wound orientation different from the relaxed skin tension lines.

  • Can I get body piercing if I have had a keloid?

    In patients who have keloids or history of keloids in their immediate family, it is advisable body piercing be avoided. In fact, all non-essential surgical treatments that violate the skin should be avoided.

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