Matthew A Croxford

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BRAF(V600E) mutations are found in 10% of colorectal cancers (CRCs). The low frequency of this mutation therefore makes it a challenging target for drug development, unless subsets of patients with higher rates of BRAF(V600E) can be defined. Knowledge of the concordance between primary-metastasis pairs and the impact of BRAF(V600E) on outcome would also(More)
AIM To review the preliminary results of the ligation of the intersphincteric fistula tract (LIFT) technique in treating complex anal fistulas at our hospital. METHOD Between March and November 2010, patients with cryptoglandular anal fistulas were recruited prospectively from the colorectal clinic and treated using the LIFT procedure. A database was set(More)
TO THE EDITOR: We read with interest the article by Park et al. in the November issue of this journal (1). We applaud their efforts to highlight the possibility of implementing a small-caliber scope to achieve individualized and successful colonoscopy, especially with the current global need for screening for colorectal cancer. However, we would like to add(More)
BACKGROUND The true survival benefit of noncurative primary tumor resection in patients with de novo metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) remains uncertain. The present study examined the effect of primary tumor resection on systemic inflammation and survival in patients with mCRC. MATERIALS AND METHODS Consecutive patients with de novo mCRC who had(More)
In Stage II colon cancer, multiple independent studies have shown that a dense intratumoural immune infiltrate (local inflammation) is associated with improved outcomes, while systemic inflammation, measured by various markers, has been associated with poorer outcomes. However, previous studies have not considered the interaction between local and systemic(More)
BACKGROUND/AIM The complexity and cost of treating cancer patients is escalating rapidly and increasingly difficult decisions are being made regarding which interventions provide value for money. BioGrid Australia supports collection and analysis of comprehensive treatment and outcome data across multiple sites. Here, we use preliminary data regarding the(More)
BACKGROUND Oncological outcomes of laparoscopic colon cancer surgery have been shown to be equivalent to those of open surgery, but only in the setting of randomized controlled trials on highly selected patients. The aim of this study is to investigate whether this finding is generalizable to real world practice. METHODS Analysis of prospectively(More)
BACKGROUND Computed tomographic (CT) colonography (or 'virtual' colonoscopy) has become an increasingly popular tool for colorectal cancer screening. Colonic perforation, an uncommon complication, is a risk that has not been widely reported. METHODS A systematic review of the literature was undertaken to identify all reported risk factors for colonic(More)
PURPOSE There is substantial evidence for neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy and extended abdominoperineal excision (APE) for improving local recurrence rates and overall survival for rectal carcinoma. While oncologic outcomes are improved, the large irradiated defect in the pelvic floor can potentiate poor operative outcomes. We describe a reconstructive(More)