Rectal Cancer Treatment

The Papillon technique was developed to forefront patient choice, welfare, and outcomes in early stage rectal cancer treatment. Also known as low-energy X-ray brachytherapy, or sometimes rectal brachytherapy, the Papillon method has offered a new treatment route for patients who cannot undergo radical surgery.

Ariane Medical Systems Ltd is one of the main proprietors of the Papillon method for rectal cancer treatment. Since our pioneering system was introduced, the number of patients treatments with lower rectal tumours has broken the 2500 mark, with over 250 treated in the UK in 2018.

Links for Patients

Below you will find some useful links to websites that may help you better understand the treatment options that are available, especially for rectal cancers.

Clatterbridge Cancer Centre

Papillon Patient Support

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 – Le centre de radiothérapie Bayard – Villeurbanne
  • Netherlands – Netherlands Cancer Institute – Amsterdam
  • 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 Papillon rectal cancer treatment may benefit you, a family member or friend, we suggest you discuss the potential with the patient’s family physician, oncologist or surgeon.

More Information on Rectal Brachytherapy

Rectal treatment of tumours between T1 – T3 with little or no nodal involvement, are normally treated with radical surgery. This often involves removal of the anus, requiring a stoma. The Papillon rectal cancer treatment method was developed to circumvent this. Depending on the size, staging, and position of the tumour, rectal brachytherapy may be used on its own or in conjunction with traditional external beam radiotherapy, chemotherapy, or local surgical techniques.