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The Surgeon’s Perspective on Neoadjuvant Chemoradiation for Rectal Cancer

  • Rhodri J. Codd
  • Peter M. Sagar
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Abstract

Pre-operative chemo-radiation has become standard practice in the treatment of patients with locally advanced rectal cancer. Indeed, in much of Europe and in the United States, pre-operative chemoradiation has been recommended as a standard of care for patients with clinical stage II and stage III rectal cancer. However, management philosophies for rectal cancer have evolved independently in different countries, with a number of varying approaches developing worldwide. The aim of this chapter is to review current practice and to provide an algorithm for the management of such patients.

Keywords

Rectal cancer Chemo-radiation Down-staging Pathological response Complete response 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The John Goligher Department of Colorectal SurgerySt. James’s University HospitalLeedsUK

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