South African non-melanoma skin cancer patients now have greater access in the area of Johannesburg to innovative non-invasive treatment Rhenium-SCT®
Lethabong, South Africa, 16 November 2021: Today OncoBeta® GmbH, a medical device company specialising in innovative epidermal radioisotope therapies for non-melanoma skin cancers (NMSCs), has expanded its offering of non- invasive skin cancer therapy Rhenium-SCT® (Skin Cancer Therapy) in South Africa, with treatments now taking place at the Busamed Modderfontein Private Hospital in Lethabong, Johannesburg.
The global incidence of NMSCs continues to rise, with more than 7 million NMSC cases reported each year.1 Incidence rates for NMSC remain high in South Africa over indexing the rest of the world, showing 16.3 people per 100,000 develop NMSCs, as compared to 11 per 100,000 globally.2 Worryingly, this is considered a conservative estimate of NMSC in South Africa, as incomplete case reporting to the National Cancer Registry means the country’s NMSC rates are often grossly underreported.3
Rhenium-SCT® is an innovative, non-invasive procedure, providing unparalleled aesthetic results, even in cases otherwise considered difficult to treat.4-6 It is an epidermal radioisotope therapy that is ideal for the targeted treatment of superficial skin cancers. Rhenium-SCT® has been available for NMSC patients in South Africa since 2018 by OncoBeta’s distribution partner, Tautomer (PTY) LTD, along with the lower-dose Rhenium-188, which is currently available for the treatment of keloids.
On 12 November, Dr. Zuma from Busamed Modderfontein Private Hospital in Johannesburg and her team who had been trained and certified for the Rhenium-SCT® Therapy, have successfully performed their initial Rhenium-SCT® treatment.
Dr Zuma says, “This non-invasive local treatment of non-melanoma skin cancer with Rhenium-SCT® is a great alternative treatment to surgery and can be undertaken in a single session with excellent aesthetic outcomes, improving results and quality of life for the patients.”
Rhenium-SCT® will be provided to patients in South Africa by OncoBeta’s distribution partner Tautomer (PTY) LTD, along with the lower-dose Rhenium-188, which is currently available for the treatment of keloids.
Martin Magwaza, CEO of Tautomer (PTY) LTD, says the increasing incidence of skin cancers places major financial strain on South Africa’s already overburdened public healthcare system, costing the country an estimated ZAR 92.4 million (US$15.7 million) in treatments annually.7 “Tautomer is committed to providing South Africans with innovative and effective therapies in the treatment of non-melanoma skin cancers.”
OncoBeta® CEO Shannon D. Brown III says, “We are excited to see that the access for patients to the Rhenium-SCT® is expanding within South Africa. It is truly inspiring that more and more patients and physicians around the globe are recognizing and experiencing the benefits of this ground- breaking technology.”
OncoBeta’s Rhenium-SCT® is currently available in Australia, South Africa, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and more recently Austria as part of its global roll-out.