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Onkologie. 2004 Oct;27(5):506-11.

Treatment of locally recurrent rectal cancer with special focus on regional pelvic hyperthermia.

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Medizinische Klinik mit Schwerpunkt Hämatologie und Onkologie, Campus Virchow-Klinikum, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany.


Progress in surgery and adjuvant therapy has markedly improved local control and survival rates in patients with primary, non-metastatic rectal cancer. However, the prognosis of patients with locally recurrent disease is still poor, and a realistic chance for repeated treatment with curative intent is still restricted to the minority of cases. Therefore, effective palliation of symptoms and preservation of a good quality of life are the major goals of therapy for most patients with local recurrence of rectal cancer. Here we give a short overview on the options available for the treatment of pelvic recurrence of rectal cancer, with special focus on adjunctive regional pelvic radiofrequency hyperthermia.

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