Papillon

If the cancer is small (less than three centimetres) with no evidence of lymph node spread, then local contact radiotherapy using the Papillon treatment can be considered as an alternative treatment option.

Papillon Technique

The Papillon technique is a groundbreaking type of contact radiotherapy developed for the treatment of rectal cancer, especially those in the early stages, meaning surgery can be avoided. It is especially important for patients who are not suitable or keen on extirpative surgery. For those patients who are able to undertake the treatment, their subsequent quality of life is much better as they will not require a stoma bag.

The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre was the first British centre to introduce Papillon contact radiotherapy in 1993. Since then, we have been at the forefront of the development of the treatment, and are a leading centre for the training of clinicians internationally.

How does the Papillon technique work?

Contact radiotherapy (low energy x-ray treatment) is recommended for patients who are not fit enough for general anaesthesia, or who do not want major surgery and the formation of a stoma.

If the cancer is small (less than three centimetres) with no evidence of lymph node spread, then local contact radiotherapy using the Papillon treatment can be considered as an alternative treatment option.

Papillon treatment: A Patient’s Story

This short film follows patient Andrew Haig as he has Papillon treatment at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre. It shows what the treatment is like and what patients can expect when they come.

Papillon 50

The Papillon 50 machine allows the revival of contact radiotherapy for early rectal tumours. There is increasing interest in alternative treatment options and contact radiotherapy with Papillon 50 is one, which could avoid major surgery and permanent stoma.

For further information and to meet other patients who have undergone this groundbreaking treatment or take part in a question and answers session with Professor Myint and his team attend our next meeting:

PAPS (Papillon and Patient Support) - Patient Support Group Meeting

Wednesday 20th September 2017

To reserve your place, please contact Lois Barnes: lois.barnes@clatterbridgecc.nhs.uk

For more information:

PAPS Buddy Scheme

Papillon Dietary Advice

Contact X-ray Brachytherapy for Rectal Cancer (Papillon) V4.0