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Editor's Note
December 2015

Difference in the Use of Terms: Isotope-Based, Surface-Mold Brachytherapy vs Electronic Surface Brachytherapy

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JAMA Dermatol. 2015;151(12):1358. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2015.3027

It is important to recognize the difference between isotope-based, surface-mold brachytherapy used in treating cases of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma and electronic surface brachytherapy (EBT), which shares the same initials as electron beam therapy. Electron beam therapy uses electrons and a linear accelerator, whereas surface-mold brachytherapy (used in this series1) involves radioactive isotopes. Both electron beam therapy and isotope-based surface-mold brachytherapy have been used to successfully treat cutaneous T-cell lymphoma.

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