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Br J Surg. 1994 Mar;81(3):343-52.

Management of advanced rectal cancer.

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Department of Surgery, Northampton General Hospital, UK.


If possible, palliative resection should be undertaken for advanced rectal cancer as it provides good relief of local symptoms; there is, however, little evidence that it prolongs survival. If palliative excision is not possible, endoscopic transanal resection may be used for obstructing lesions at or below the peritoneal reflection. Laser therapy is an alternative in the frail. Both procedures allow quick and effective relief of symptoms. These methods and other options for treating advanced rectal cancer are described in this review.

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