Oesophageal cancer and brachytherapy

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Local reoccurrences of oesophageal cancer can be reduced by using localised radiotherapy. Now researchers at McGill, Toronto have shown that intracavity brachytherapy, used to boost radiation to the tumour prior to external beam radiation improves treatment. ’Too much external radiation kills the tumour and the patient’, says Harry Bleiberg of Institut Jules Bordet, Belgium. This method gets more radiation to the tumour.

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