Can we increase the chance of sphincter saving surgery in rectal cancer with neoadjuvant treatments: lessons from a systematic review of recent randomized trials.


PURPOSE A common hypothesis is that neo-adjuvant treatment in rectal cancer, is able to increase sphincter saving surgery. This review studies data relevant to this question. STUDY SELECTION A total of 17 randomized trials were analysed. RESULTS Since 1976, the rate of sphincter saving surgery increased from 20% to 75%. In none of the 17 trials it was… (More)
DOI: 10.1016/j.critrevonc.2011.02.001


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