Selective non-operative treatment in rectal cancer after neoadjuvant chemoradiation: Lessons learned from the “watch-and-wait” approach

Angelita Habr-Gama, Patricio Bernardo Lynn, Rodrigo Oliva Perez

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Neoadjuvant Chemoradiation may lead to tumor downsizing and downstaging. In selected cases when tumor regression is so significant that no tumor can be found on clinical and radiological examination, it has been our practice to include these patients in a strict follow-up program with no immediate radical surgery (Watch and Wait). In this chapter we present the rationale, selection criteria, tools and follow-up algorithm of this strategy along with de pitfalls encountered after more than 20 years of experience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPelvic Cancer Surgery
Subtitle of host publicationModern Breakthroughs and Future Advances
PublisherSpringer-Verlag London Ltd
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781447142584
ISBN (Print)9781447142577
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Medicine

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