Oncologically Safe Distal Resection Margins in Rectal Cancer Patients Treated with Chemoradiotherapy

@article{Kwak2012OncologicallySD,
  title={Oncologically Safe Distal Resection Margins in Rectal Cancer Patients Treated with Chemoradiotherapy},
  author={Jae Young Kwak and Chan Wook Kim and Seok-Byung Lim and Chang Sik Yu and Tae Won Kim and Jong Hoon Kim and Se Jin Jang and Jin Cheon Kim},
  journal={Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery},
  year={2012},
  volume={16},
  pages={1947-1954}
}
Although current guidelines recommend distal resection margins (DRM) of 2–5 cm in rectal cancer operation, smaller margins may be safe. We therefore assessed the impact of distal margins on outcomes in patients with rectal cancer treated with neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy (CRT) followed by radical resection or resection followed by adjuvant CRT. This study involved 376 patients who underwent sphincter-saving resection for rectal adenocarcinoma and pre- or postoperative CRT between 2000 and 2006… CONTINUE READING
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