Criteria for the selection of 'early' carcinomas of the rectum. Are they valid?

We retrospectively reviewed 76 cases of adenocarcinoma of the lower rectum treated by abdominoperineal resection between 1975 and 1985 to elucidate the relationship between pathologic stage and both the size and histologic grade of the tumor. Our results showed evidence of lymphatic invasion in 50% of the 36 patients with tumors 4.0 cm or less in diameter… CONTINUE READING