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Centre of Excellence

Research & Development

Sydney Brachytherapy Group participates in research and development at the University of NSW and contributes to OncoBeta’s International Skin Cancer Registry. Our visiting medical specialists are affiliated with Australian universities and engage in the education of specialist doctors, doctors in training and medical schools.

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Sydney Brachytherapy Group aligns with Vivascope for Confocal Reflectance Microscopy (RCM), Heine Optotechnik, Germany, for the Loupes/Dermatoscopy and Vivosight Germany for Optical Coherence Infrared Tomography (OTC).

Become an SBG Provider

As a tertiary referral medical facility, SBG can add a complimentary service to your current mainstay skin cancer treatment options. Find out how your practice can become affiliated and how you and your patients will benefit.

  • I want to offer Rhenium-SCT® to my patients through the Sydney Brachytherapy Group, do I need a licence?
    No user licence or facility licence is needed as Sydney Brachytherapy Group is a licenced and accredited nuclear medicine medical facility with a Radiation Management Licence issued by the Environmental Protection Agency, Australia.
  • What patients are most likely to benefit from Rhenium-SCT®?
    In most cases, treatment with Rhenium-SCT® only requires one quick, personalised treatment. It is especially beneficial for older, infirm people with comorbidities and people with low pain thresholds and is particularly good for difficult locations where a conventional surgical approach or skin grafting would be problematic, such as noses or ears. Rhenium-SCT® should not be used on women of child-bearing age who are pregnant or planning to be pregnant. Patients must be over 18 for treatment.
  • What is a tertiary referral clinic?
    As a specialist skin cancer GP, dermatologist or oncologist you can treat your patient using Rhenium-SCT® at Sydney Brachytherapy Group with the medical assistance of our onsite nuclear technician. The follow-up treatment and ongoing care stays with the referring medical specialist.
  • How do I become an accredited Rhenium-SCT® provider?
    You will need to work with the OncoBeta team to organise your licence to become a Rhenium-SCT® provider so you can conduct the treatment as the treating physician and Visiting Medical Officer, but in the meantime, you can use SBG’s facility and onsite nuclear physician to perform Rhenium-SCT® under its licence and accreditation. SBG can film the treatment so as the treating physician/Visiting Medical Officer you can be present and view the treatment online and in real time.
  • How many treatments will I need?
    Only one treatment is needed in most cases, depending on the patient, with a low incidence of recurrence. Multiple non-melanoma skin cancers may be treated on the same day.
  • Is the treatment painful?
    The treatment is painless. Discomfort from the wound is the same as any superficial wound to the epidermis; patients may experience some redness, itching and bleeding during the healing period.
  • Can I go home straight after the treatment?
    Yes, you can go straight home and return to daily activities immediately after treatment.
  • How long does healing take?
    Healing progresses in stages, usually taking between 60 to 180 days. As the procedure is non-invasive it equates to shorter recovery time and a reduced risk of complications. The patient should return to the consulting physician for follow-up wound care of both the treated area and for ongoing care.
  • What do I need to bring on treatment day?
    We encourage you to wear your normal and most comfortable clothes and shoes on treatment day. The application takes around 20 minutes, and it is not messy. The full procedure takes around one to two hours.
  • Will I be radioactive and a danger to other people?
    No, the radioactivity in Rhenium-SCT® will not affect other people.
  • Who will perform the treatment?
    Sydney Brachytherapy Group Medical Director Dr Joseph Gracé or a specially trained and accredited nuclear medicine technician performs the treatment, under the guidance of your dermatologist or skin health specialist.
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