Patient Information

Supporting patient choice for the treatment of Rectal (Bowel) cancer.

Patient choice, welfare and outcome were the central concerns that lead to the development of X-ray Brachytherapy techniques and subsequently Papillon treatment systems.

The Papillon technique was originally developed to tackle lower rectal tumours in patients who may not be able to have radical surgery. Since the Ariane system has been introduced the numbers of patients treated with lower rectal tumours has broken the 2500 mark with over 250 expected to be treated in 2017 in the UK alone.

Rectal (Bowel) Cancer – The Papillon rectal treatment aims to treat tumours (generally between T1 – T3 with no or little nodal involvement) that would ordinarily be only suitable for radical surgery, often involving the removal of the anus, leaving the patient with a stoma. Depending on the size, staging and positioning of the tumour the Papillon treatment can be used on its own or in conjunction with traditional external beam radiotherapy, chemotherapy or local surgical techniques.

Hospitals treating rectal cancer with the Papillon technique:

  • Denmark – Aarhus Universitetshospital – Aarhus
  • France – Centre Antoine-Lacassagne – Nice
  • France – Polyclinique du Val de Saône – Macon
  • France – Clinique St Bernard – Villeurbanne
  • Sweden – Akademiska Sjukhuset, Universitetssjukhus – Uppsala
  •  Switzerland – Clinique de Genolier, Genolier
  • UK – Castle Hill Hospital – Hull
  • UK – Clatterbridge Cancer centre – Liverpool
  • UK – The Royal Surrey Hospital – Guildford
  • UK – The City Hospital – Nottingham.

If you believe treatment with the Papillon technique for rectal may benefit you, a family member or friend, we suggest you discuss the potential with the patient’s family physician, oncologist or surgeon. We are of course happy to supply you with any information that might help in deciding if X-ray Brachytherapy has a role to play in your particular situation. If a machine is not available where you live it may be possible to travel to one of our sites for treatment.

Below you will find some useful links to websites that may help you in better understanding the treatment options that are available especially for breast and rectal cancers.