Part 1: Non-Curative Radiotherapy for Upper Gastrointestinal Tract Cancer

  • D. J. Sebag-Montefiore
  • S. J. Arnott
Part of the Focus on Cancer book series (3292)


Gastrointestinal tract malignancies account for nearly a quarter of deaths in the UK. For most patients surgery remains the treatment of choice as primary management. However, the disappointing results of surgery as a single modality of treatment has led to an evaluation of the use of both chemotherapy and radiotherapy in the adjuvant setting. In spite of this the majority of patients are unsuitable for a curative approach and require effective palliation of their symptoms. Similiarly, many patients who are initially treated by surgery alone relapse and likewise require palliative measures to alleviate their problems.


External Beam Radiotherapy External Beam Laser Therapy Oesophageal Cancer High Dose Rate 
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  • S. J. Arnott

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