GENOLIER PATIENT SERVICES recommends Clinique de Genolier in Genolier for your patients with early-stage rectal cancer.
Rectal cancer is one of the most common forms of tumor. Beyond the emotional turmoil that accompanies cancer diagnosis, the creation of a stoma (formation of a surgical deviation of the intestine), is an experience that profoundly upsets the lives of patients in many ways.
Local contact radiotherapy using the Papillon technique is an alternative to surgery in selected rectal cancer patients. This procedure considers certain early-phase cancers of the rectum, thus avoiding surgery and the irreversible installation of a stoma.
Today, approximately ten devices are available worldwide and Clinique de Genolier is the only hospital in Switzerland to be equipped with this apparatus.
Each patient referral is thoroughly discussed by a multidisciplinary team of specialists. If the indication for a conservative treatment is retained, contact radiotherapy can be applied on an outpatient basis, in only 2 to 3 sessions.
Ideally, the size of the tumor should be less than 3 cm and should not contain lymph node dissemination. With early identification, the cure rate of this type of cancer is greater than 90%.
For diseases at a more advanced stage, contact radiotherapy, combined with external radiotherapy, may be a valuable alternative for patients refusing a stoma. It is also suitable for patients who are inoperable or at high anestetic risk.
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