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Gan To Kagaku Ryoho. 2013 Nov;40(12):1962-4.

[A case of advanced colon cancer successfully treated with combination therapy of cetuximab and oxaliplatin, leucovorin, and 5-fluorouracil].

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Dept. of Surgery, Asanogawa General Hospital.


A 65-year-old woman was referred to our hospital for examination of anemia. Colonoscopy showed a type 1 tumor in the ascending colon with nearly complete stenosis that was diagnosed as a tubular adenocarcinoma. Computed tomography (CT) revealed swelling of the regional, periaortic, and celiac lymph nodes and lymphangitis carcinomatosa. The patient was diagnosed as having Stage IV ascending colon cancer, and neoadjuvant chemotherapy was administered to avoid non-curative resection. The patient was treated with cetuximab and oxaliplatin, Leucovorin, and 5-fluorouracil( mFOLFOX6) combination chemotherapy. After 6 courses of chemotherapy, the primary lesion and multiple lymph node swellings greatly reduced in size and lymphangitis carcinomatosa improved. Accordingly, right colectomy with D3 nodal dissection was performed. The patient was recurrence free at her 8-month follow-up examination. Neoadjuvant chemotherapy with molecular targeted drugs is useful in the treatment of patients with unresectable primary cancer.

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