Management of recurrent rectal cancer

Philippe Bouchard, Jonathan Efron

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Background: Here we present a concise review on the evaluation and management of locally recurrent rectal cancer, which despite marked reductions in the rate of recurrent rectal cancer remains an important problem. Methods: This educational review discusses the diagnosis, evaluation, and management of recurrent rectal cancer. Results: Despite improvements in both the neoadjuvant and surgical management of rectal cancer, local recurrence is still an important problem, with documented recurrence rates of 4% to 8%. The local management of recurrence requires a team of specialist. Accurate detection and diagnosis followed by chemoradiotherapy and surgical resection may result in 5-year survival rates of up to 35%. Conclusions: We discuss the diagnosis, evaluation, and management of locally recurrent rectal cancer. Locally recurrent rectal cancer can be successfully managed with multimodal therapy leading to successful palliation and often cure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1343-1356
Number of pages14
JournalAnnals of surgical oncology
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Oncology


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