Treatment of skin cancer with radioactive paste – what sounds a bit like science fiction scientists from Rostock are trying to achieve. This year, they want to publish their study.
According to their own statements, scientists from Rostock successfully treated white skin cancer with radioactive paste. The University of Rostock Medical Center (UMR) announced this week that 22 patients had received treatment as part of the study, which is unique in Germany.
“All participating patients responded, and most were cured in the long run,” said dermatologist Steffen Emmert. Ralf Gutzmer, chairman of the Dermatological Oncology Working Group, said it was a new procedure that needed further evaluation.
White skin cancer is the general term for some skin cancers that are different from black skin cancer (melanoma). The most important risk factor is solar or UV radiation. The study has not yet been published in a peer-reviewed journal.
Treatment is only effective if cancer is detected early
According to UMR, as part of the procedure, a grayish, inconspicuous-looking paste is applied using a special device. The surrounding tissue is said to be covered in foil to protect it from radioactive radiation. Local radiation kills cancer cells. Therefore, a one-time outpatient procedure in which the paste lasts from one to two hours is enough. In the following weeks, inflammation, itching, and a burning sensation appear. When it subsides, the complexion will normalize and the skin cancer will disappear. However, treatment is only effective if the cancer is detected early and does not yet penetrate too deeply.
It remains to be seen what the new technology will take in terms of effort, cost, side effects and effectiveness based on research data, alongside established procedures such as surgery and radiation therapy, Gutzmer said. According to UMR, the study is to be presented in September at the German Skin Cancer Congress. They are looking for another 25 patients in a global study. (dpa)