HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Radiation, chemotherapy before surgery controls rectal cancer

For patients with rectal cancer, receiving radiation therapy and chemotherapy before surgery to shrink the tumor so it can be more easily removed helps keep the cancer from coming back, according to a study presented October 17, 2005, at the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology's 47th Annual Meeting in Denver.

Beginning in 1992, doctors in France enrolled 733 patients suffering from rectal cancer into the study. The patients were split into two groups the first received radiation alone for five weeks before undergoing surgery to remove the cancer. The second group received chemotherapy in addition to five weeks of radiation therapy prior to surgery.

"The standard treatment for rectal cancer has been radiation therapy alone before surgery, but this is the first randomized study to prove that adding chemotherapy to the treatment helps patients beat their cancer," said Pascale Romestaing, M.D., co-author of the study and a radiation oncologist at CHU Lyon Sud in Lyon, France.

The doctors discovered that while combining radiation therapy and chemotherapy does not significantly increase survival rates, it does improve local tumor control and helps to keep the cancer from returning. The last phase of the trial, from 1999 to 2003, showed that only eight percent of the patients saw their cancer return five years after receiving treatment.

"This treatment should be recommended as the standard for the majority of rectal cancer patients," said Jean-Pierre Gerard, M.D., lead author of the study and a radiation oncologist at the Centre Antoine-Lacassagne in Nice, France.


'"/>

Contact: Beth Bukata
bethb@astro.org
703-431-2332
American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
17-Oct-2005


Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Nonsmall cell lung cancer -- chemotherapy before surgery appears better than surgery alone
2. Trial shows circulating tumor cells predict how prostate cancer patients do with chemotherapy
3. Brain-boosting pill alleviates post-chemotherapy fogginess
4. Pre-operative chemotherapy does not increase survival rates for nonsmall cell lung cancer
5. Most pediatric chemotherapy mistakes reach patients
6. Growth factors given with chemotherapy associated with increased risk of blood diseases
7. Clear guidelines on oral chemotherapy needed
8. Survey reveals need for standardized oral chemotherapy prescribing practices, safeguards
9. Genomic tests improve prediction of breast cancer response to chemotherapy, hormonal therapy
10. Report calls for using heated chemotherapy after colon cancer surgery to optimize patient survival
11. Order of chemotherapy, radiation has no effect on breast cancer survival

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... Cardiac ... significant negative impact on long-term patient survival, reports a team of UPMC researchers ... this week in the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, provide critical information ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... Catalent Pharma Solutions, the leading ... health and global clinical supply services, today announced two key appointments and the ... investment and strategic growth plans in the Asia Pacific region. , Howard Kim ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... ... In an effort to provide hair restoration information to the widest possible audience, Dr. Parsa ... not use the app. Dr. Mohebi, the founder of Parsa Mohebi Hair Restoration, is making ... , Dr. Mohebi says, “The positive response to the Snapchat videos we started last month ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... Wash. (PRWEB) , ... May 26, 2016 , ... ... trusted provider of comprehensive treatment for eating disorders, is opening a brand new ... will provide individuals ages 8-17 and their families with even more specialized eating ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... Nike Yoga Camps at ... daily practices, arts & crafts, discussions, and games all geared towards enhancing your ... have combined backgrounds in kids’ yoga, collegiate sport yoga instruction, and global yoga ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/26/2016)... Massachusetts , May 26, 2016 ... (NGS) has matured into an essential life science tool ... and development applications. BCC Research reveals in its new ... a second growth phase, one powered by a range ... fields.      (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140723/694805 ) ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... GERMANTOWN, Maryland , May 25, 2016 ... bedient dringenden Bedarf zur ... QIAGEN N.V. (NASDAQ: QGEN ; Frankfurt ... und Entwicklungsvereinbarung mit Therawis Diagnostics GmbH zur Entwicklung ... zu sein. Ein erstes Projekt wird die Entwicklung ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... May 25, 2016  According to Kalorama Information, the ... in 2015.  Though these are challenging times in ... for success for companies that remain optimistic and ... new growth prospects medical device companies spend a ... development (R&D) than do companies in other industries.  ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: