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Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy
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3/2022
vol. 14
 
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Why is a very easy, useful, old technique underused? An overview of esophageal brachytherapy – interventional radiotherapy

Ángeles Rovirosa
1, 2
,
Luca Tagliaferri
3
,
Adam Chicheł
4
,
Valentina Lancellotta
3
,
Yaowen Zhang
5
,
Gabriela Antelo
2
,
Peter Hoskin
6
,
Elzbieta van der Steen-Banasik
7
,
Albert Biete
1, 2
,
György Kovács
8

1.
Fonaments Clinics Department, Faculty of Medicine, University of Barcelona, Spain
2.
Radiation Oncology Department, Hospital Clinic Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
3.
Radioterapia Oncologica, Fondazione Policlinico Universitario Agostino Gemelli IRCCS, Roma, Italia
4.
Brachytherapy Department, Greater Poland Cancer Center, Poznań, Poland
5.
Cancer Center, Henan Provincial People’s Hospital, Zhengzhou, China
6.
Mount Vernon Cancer Centre and University of Manchester, UK
7.
Radiotherapy Group, Arnhen, The Netherlands
8.
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Gemelli INTERACTS, Rome, Italy
J Contemp Brachytherapy 2022; 14, 3: 299–309
Online publish date: 2022/07/01
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Endoesophageal brachytherapy (EBT) or endoesophageal interventional radiotherapy (EIRT) is an effective technique that has been used with varying frequency for many years. It is a very good technique in T1-T2 inoperable esophageal cancer and in the palliation of dysphagia. However, only some centers have access to this technique, and consequently, it is underused. Here, we discussed the indications and several technical aspects as well as the literature available. Also, why this technique is underused and how this can be overcome. We consider that EBT is a very effective technique that should be used whenever indicated.
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esophageal cancer, endoesophageal brachytherapy, results, interventional radiotherapy

 
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