[A new possibility in treating stenosing tumors of the upper gastrointestinal tract]

Dtsch Med Wochenschr. 1985 Nov 8;110(45):1731-2. doi: 10.1055/s-2008-1069078.
[Article in German]


A new method for treating inoperable patients with stenosing malignant tumors of the upper gastrointestinal tract consists in the combination of laser beam followed by direct internal radiation of the tumor using the afterload technique. It brings rapid improvement of dysphagia and resumption of oral feeding. Improvement in quality of life such as this has been achieved in 21 of 24 patients without any signs of complication due to therapy.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Ambulatory Care
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Deglutition Disorders / therapy
  • Esophageal Neoplasms / radiotherapy
  • Esophageal Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Iridium / therapeutic use
  • Laser Therapy*
  • Radioisotopes / therapeutic use
  • Stomach Neoplasms / radiotherapy
  • Stomach Neoplasms / surgery*


  • Radioisotopes
  • Iridium