Systemic therapy for advanced colorectal cancer

Fiona Collinson, Peter Hall, Mike Braun and Daniel Swinson

in Colorectal Cancer

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199590209
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739675 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Oncology Library

Systemic therapy for advanced colorectal cancer

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• Over the past two decades the median overall survival for patients with advanced colorectal cancer has increased from 6 months without treatment to 2 years with modern systemic therapies • The standard chemotherapy armamentarium includes fluoropyrimidines, oxaliplatin and irinotecan delivered in two lines of treatment. Irinotecan and fluoropyrimidines have single agent activity but oxaliplatin is only effective in combination with a second drug • Infusional 5-fluorouracil can be substituted with capecitabine without loss of efficacy. Caution should be exercised in the elderly and in the presence of even modest renal impairment • Controversy persists on the worth of newer biological drugs targeting EGFR and VEGF • Current research aims to identify new agents and develop a tailored approach dependent on predictive clinicopathological and biological markers.

Chapter.  4170 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medical Oncology

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