Ten patients with advanced metastatic squamous cell carcinoma of the middle third of the oesophagus were treated with palliative external radiotherapy and intraluminal brachytherapy. All patients had long lesions, 8-15 cm in length, and narrow lumens that did not allow the passage of a guidewire for dilatation. Improvement in dysphagia by more than 2 grades was seen in 9 of 10 patients. This finding was correlated with an increase in the size of the oesophageal lumen at the end of 6 weeks following treatment by barium swallow. No complications of treatment were noted in any patient. Low doses of external beam radiotherapy and high-dose-rate intraluminal brachytherapy can provide quick and effective palliation in advanced metastatic oesophageal carcinoma.
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||South African Journal of Surgery|
|Publication status||Published - 1995|