Contact X-Ray brachytherapy for rectal cancer

Arthur Sun Myint, Jean Pierre Gerard, Robert J. Myerson

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    Over the past century, surgery has been the mainstay of rectal cancer management and will remain so for the foreseeable future. However, surgical mortality and morbidity is high, especially for the elderly patients. The population is ageing globally, the effect being more pronounced in Western countries. It is important to avoid extirpative surgery, especially in elderly patients, to deter surgical harm. National bowel cancer screening programmes around the world have helped to diagnose rectal cancer in its early stages. It is important to treat the early stages of the disease differently from the more advanced stages. Most protocols are bias heavily towards surgical management for rectal tumors. National and international consensus guidelines do not take into consideration the advancing age of the general population and recommend surgery as the gold standard of care. There is an urgent need to consider alternative treatment options that avoid extirpative surgery and stoma in the early stages of rectal cancer in the elderly.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationModern Management of Cancer of the Rectum
    PublisherSpringer-Verlag London Ltd
    Number of pages14
    ISBN (Electronic)9781447166092
    ISBN (Print)9781447166085
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2015


    • Brachytherapy
    • Complete clinical response
    • Contact X-rays
    • Dose response
    • Early rectal cancer
    • High dose superficial X-rays
    • Papillon


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