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World J Gastroenterol. 2016 Jan 14;22(2):467-70. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v22.i2.467.

Complete radiotherapy response in rectal cancer: A review of the evidence.

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Daniel G Couch, David M Hemingway, Department of Surgery, Leicester Royal Infirmary, LE12 8TZ Leicester, United Kingdom.

Abstract

Complete response to chemoradiotherapy for rectal cancer is becoming a common clinical entity. Techniques to diagnose complete response and how to survey these patients without operative intervention are still unclear. We review the most recent evidence. Barriers to firm conclusions regarding this are heterogeneity of diagnostic definitions, differing surveillance protocols, and a lack of randomised studies.

KEYWORDS:

Cancer; Chemoradiotherapy; Complete; Rectum; Response

PMID:
26811600
PMCID:
PMC4716052
DOI:
10.3748/wjg.v22.i2.467
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