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Study Examines 'Watch-And-Wait' Approach for People with Rectal Cancer

(St. Michael's Hospital [Toronto, Canada]) May 5, 2017 - In a paper published online today in The Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology, researchers conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of 23 studies involving 867 patients with rectal cancer who adopted the “watch-and-wait” approach. Cancer returned in the rectum of only 15.7 per cent of these patients.

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Richard Goldberg, MD (Posted: May 05, 2017)

quotesThis is a very interesting study that opens the door to prospective investigation of a randomized trial of watch and wait strategy versus surgery in patients with low stage rectal cancers who have complete responses to chemotherapy and radiation. Identifying patients who can be spared the cost and toxicity of triple modality therapy with good outcomes is key.quotes

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