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Chemoradiotherapy for rectal cancer

Publication Type : Journal Article

Thematic Areas : Medical Sciences

Publisher : The New England Journal of Medicine

Source : The New England Journal of Medicine, Volume 352, p.509-11 (2005)

Campus : Kochi

School : School of Medicine

Department : C. V. T. S., Gastrointestinal Surgery

Year : 2005

Abstract : Neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy has become the standard treatment for locally advanced rectal cancer. Neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy not only can reduce tumor size and recurrence, but also increase the tumor resection rate and anus retention rate with very slight side effect. Comparing with preoperative chemotherapy, preoperative chemoradiotherapy can further reduce the local recurrence rate and downstage. Middle and low rectal cancers can benefit more from neoadjuvant chemradiotherapy than high rectal cancer. It needs to refine the selection of appropriate patients and irradiation modes for neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy. Different therapeutic reactions to neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy affect the type of surgical techniques, hence calling for the need of much attention. Furthermore, many problems such as accurate staging before surgery, selection of suitable neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy method, and sensitivity prediction to preoperative radiotherapy need to be well settled.

Cite this Research Publication : U. G, P, D., and Dr. Sudhindran S., “Chemoradiotherapy for rectal cancer”, The New England Journal of Medicine, vol. 352, pp. 509-11, 2005.

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