Papillon Contact Radiotherapy.

Welcome to Papillon treatment, the Europe’s 1st patient led Papillon Radiotherapy website. By delivering high doses of treatment quickly and painlessly directly to the tumour, Papillon gives bowel, skin & other accessible tumour cancer patients a real choice. 40,000 people a year get bowel cancer, nearly 9000 have surgery.

If eligible, Papillon avoids the high operative mortality (10-20%) and morbidity (30-50%) especially in the elderly which radical surgery can pose. Papillon is also used in the treatment of some skin cancers & inter-operative breast cancer. Low energy X-rays are directly applied to tumour, killing tumour cells layer by layer with each treatment. With low energy, the depth of penetration is limited and this reduces the collateral damage to normal surrounding tissue.

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Why Papillon?

40,000 people a year get bowel cancer, nearly 9000 have surgery. If eligible, Papillon avoids the high operative mortality (10-20%) and morbidity (30-50%) especially in the elderly which radical surgery can pose. Papillon is also used in the treatment of some skin cancers & inter-operative breast cancer.

How it works!

Low energy X-rays are directly applied to tumour, killing tumour cells layer by layer with each treatment. With low energy, the depth of penetration is limited and this reduces the collateral damage to normal surrounding tissue.


  • Talking about cancer can be difficult. Even with caring friends and family, sometimes it’s easier to share your experience with someone you don’t know. You may think it’s not worthwhile or you may worry about making someone feel uncomfortable, but putting your fears or concerns into words can help you and others make sense of difficult situations. Don’t feel alone, our site is run by patients & carers so we can understand exactly what you are going through. If you feel this way or just want some extra support and questions answered, then we are always here to help.

    The Papillon Team

Hospitals treating rectal cancer with Papillon Radiotherapy

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This site is run by patients & carers. If you would like to talk to us and want to know more about Papillon treatment…

Simply send us a message using the contact form. We really do care and are ready and waiting to help in anyway that we can. We look forward to hearing from you.

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