Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Radiation Before Surgery, A Possible Deterrent to Recurrence of Rectal Cancer

Robert Preidt wrote for Medline Plus Monday, october 25, 2010, that a new Dutch study found that patients who receive short-term radiation before surgery for rectal cancer "are about 50 percent less likely to experience a return of their cancer."

After studying more than 1,800 rectal cancer patients, Dr. Corrie Marjnen suspects that "tumors in the middle rectum and stage III rectal cancer patients will most greatly benefit from receiving radiation before surgery."


Anita said...

Good to know. Unfortunately, many of us will personally know someone who will be affected by this particular cancer.

Diane J Standiford said...

Such new findings seem to be coming in daily. I often wonder how doctors keep up.