How Does Papillon Therapy Work?
Papillon Therapy is an innovative way of treating rectal cancer. This type of treatment is usually recommended for patients who are either deemed unfit for surgery to remove the cancer, or do not want to be left with a colostomy.
The first step of the treatment involves locating the cancer using an internal camera. An applicator is then placed into the rectum, delivering low energy x-rays to within a few millimetres of the tumour. This treatment takes only about a minute to complete and is repeated two weeks later. Papillon therapy also doesn’t require a general anaesthetic.
Clatterbridge was the first clinic in the UK to offer this treatment for bowel and rectal cancers. This ground-breaking technique was developed by French Doctor, Professor Papillon, and was then introduced to the UK by Professor Myint. Over the years, Professor Myint has trained many UK doctors and still treats patients at the Papillon centre at Clatterbridge.
A. Papillon Therapy is used to treat rectal cancers, specifically in the early stages.
A. No, the treatment itself is not painful and doesn’t require anaesthetic. However, some patients may find it uncomfortable.
A. Papillon Therapy works by delivering local contact radiotherapy to the cancer (if it’s less than three centimetres).
A. The treatment itself only takes a few minutes and since there’s no anaesthetic you can continue with your day as usual. The treatment will be repeated again two weeks later.
Cancers Papillon Therapy can treat
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