Prognostic factors in locally recurrent rectal carcinoma treated by radiotherapy.
AffiliationChristie Hospital and Holt Radium Institute, Manchester M20 9BX
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AbstractAn analysis has been made of the symptomatic response and survival of 143 patients following radiotherapy for locally recurrent rectal cancer. Computerized tomography (CAT) was performed on 45 patients. Of 119 evaluable patients, 54 had a good response to radiotherapy, 29 a moderate response and 36 no apparent response. Median response was 9 and 3 months respectively in the good and moderate groups. Median survival was 15, 9 and 5 months for the three groups. Latent interval between surgery and radiotherapy appeared to be of prognostic importance. When this exceeded 2 yr median survival was 12 months compared with 7 months for patients with a latent interval of less than 2 yr. Tumour volume measured by computed tomography may have prognostic importance. Radiotherapy should be considered for most patients with symptomatic recurrence. Surgery might be combined with radiotherapy for selected groups of patients with good prognosis.
CitationPrognostic factors in locally recurrent rectal carcinoma treated by radiotherapy. 1983, 70 (8):469-72 Br J Surg
JournalBritish Journal of Surgery
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