Why brachytherapy for bronchus and esophagus?
- High, conformal dose
- Small volume
- Sparing the normal lung tissue
- Follows breathing movement
- Suitable for curative and palliative treatments
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Bronchus and esophagus
Elekta offers two advanced applicators for lung cancer, small cell lung cancer and other intraluminal brachytherapy treatment applications. The LumenCare® Azure Applicator is specifically designed to improve the delivery of lung cancer and esophageal cancer brachytherapy treatments by the radiation oncologist, expanding the treatable area.View applicator guide
"The more flexible and kink-resistant material of the LumenCare Azure makes it much easier to reach tumors in the upper lobe, an area where many of the lung tumors tend to occur."
Janusz Skowronek, PhD, Asst. Prof. Head of Brachytherapy Department, Greater Poland Cancer Centre, Poznań, Poland
The Bonvoisin-Gérard esophageal applicator is designed to assist in the treatment of an endoscopically obstructed esophagus. By using this special dilation applicator with tapered flexible tip, the treatment area can be reached by bouginage. The bougie tube will also assist in centering the treatment catheter internally to minimize the mucosal dose while ensuring optimal depth dose penetration of the esophageal wall. Radiographic markers on the bougie tube aid in fluoroscopic placement and localization of the applicator.
The LumenCare Azure applicator set offers clinicians an excellent solution for lung brachytherapy applications. It is specifically designed to improve the delivery of lung cancer treatments, expanding the treatable area.
The esophageal applicator is designed for direct insertion into the esophagus to treat cancers. The applicator can be positioned orally under fluoroscopy or endoscopic examination. It is provided with an additional outer layer to reduce the dose to the esophageal mucosa and support applicator integrity.
This step is not always done when it comes to bronchial and esophageal cancer, in some cases a CT will be done which will be used for the radiation therapy treatment planning. In the case of esophagus this could be a standard plan.
Designing the optimal dose distribution to treat lung cancer can be a time-consuming job. The latest version of Oncentra Brachy offers a series of useful tools that simplify many repetitive tasks, such as contouring and reconstruction. Oncentra Brachy buys you time to focus on what counts: creating the optimal dose distribution.View Brochure
* Not available in all countries.
Chris Lee, MPE at Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, UK, on Flexitron
The BrachyAcademy comprises a complete peer-to-peer medical education library and includes programs such as clinical workshops and training visits to leading hospitals worldwide.Learn more
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