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Colorectal Cancer News in Brief: July 17

In research this week, chemotherapy directly to the liver after surgery had good outcomes, enrollment of women in clinical trials lags, and children who were physically abused grow up to have more cancers.  A proposed screening test for heart disease may result in radiation-induced cancers. In other headlines, the Chalk River nuclear reactor won’t be back producing medical isotopes before the end of the year.  Zoot Suit Boogie, a play focused on colorectal cancer for Hispanics, is scheduled for July 20 in Houston, and ASCO is looking for artwork for its 2010 wall calendar.

Response to Chemo Before Liver Met Resection Doesn't Predict Survival

Patients who had tumors shrink in response to chemotherapy given before they had surgery for colorectal cancer that had spread to their livers had no better long-term survival than patients whose cancer remained the same or even got worse. Doctors in New York followed 111 patients who had chemotherapy before surgery to remove liver metastases (neoadjuvant chemotherapy). After five years of follow-up, median overall survival was 62 months.  Overall survival was similar in three different groups:  those who had a complete or partial response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy, those whose tumors remained stable, and those whose cancer progressed during chemotherapy.