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Radiotherapy and rectal cancer

Rachel Cooper and Paul Hatfield

in Colorectal Cancer

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199590209
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739675 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199590209.003.0004

Series: Oxford Oncology Library

Radiotherapy and rectal cancer

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• In addition to important surgical advances in the management of rectal cancer, radiotherapy plays a key role in the multidisciplinary management of this disease in selected patients • There is now an extensive evidence base supporting its role in the neoadjuvant and adjuvant setting • Radiotherapy is a valuable method of palliation in patients with uncontrolled pelvic disease • In some patients, with very early disease, radiotherapy can sometimes be used as an alternative to conventional surgery • Radiotherapists should work closely with other members of the rectal cancer team to ensure that all appropriate patients are offered the benefits of radiotherapy throughout the course of their disease.

Chapter.  2163 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medical Oncology

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