Perioperative radiotherapy in rectal cancer.

  title={Perioperative radiotherapy in rectal cancer.},
  author={Bengt Glimelius and Lars A P{\aa}hlman},
  journal={Acta oncologica},
  volume={38 1},
Local failure of rectal cancer is one of the principal causes of morbidity and mortality. In order to lower unacceptably high local failure rates, pre- or postoperative radiotherapy has been extensively investigated. The collected information from all controlled trials reported so far shows that the proportion of local recurrences is reduced to less than half when radiotherapy up to moderately high doses is given preoperatively. This reduction is smaller after postoperative radiotherapy, even… CONTINUE READING

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