Primary Colorectal Tumors Can Be Safely Left in Place

When cancer has spread beyond the colon or rectum, the primary colorectal tumor can safely be left in place with only rare complications. Surgeons at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York followed 233 patients who began chemotherapy without surgery to remove their primary colon or rectal tumor. Almost 90 percent never had a problem…  Read More

Intense Combination Chemotherapy Enables Surgery for Initially Unresectable Colorectal Mets

Treated with a combination of three chemotherapy drugs, 1 in 5 patients whose colorectal cancer had spread too far for surgery were able to have operations to remove metastatic tumors.  After five years, a third of them were alive with no sign of cancer. Doctors in Italy treated 200 stage IV patients with a combination of…  Read More

Survival of Medicare Patients after Surgery for Liver Mets

While some surgical studies are now reporting five-year survival after surgery to remove colorectal cancer tumors that have spread to the liver of 40 to 60 percent, a review of more general national experience for patients enrolled in Medicare  in the United States found lower survival rates. Among Medicare-enrolled colorectal cancer patients 65 and over who…  Read More

Chemotherapy with Erbitux Converts Unresectable Liver Mets to Allow Surgery

Update from the 2009 Gastrointestinal Cancer Symposium Combining chemotherapy with Erbitux® (cetuximab) can effectively shrink tumors and enable surgeons to remove formerly unresectable colorectal cancer that has spread to the liver, offering potentially curative treatment.

Plants Ease Recovery from Surgery

Patients recovering from abdominal surgery benefited from having plants in their hospital rooms.  They had less pain, needed lower doses of pain medicine, and had lower heart rates and blood pressure.  As they got better, they spent time watering and tending the plants. In addition, patients with plants were less fatigued and anxious.   They were happier…  Read More

Surgery or RFA for Liver Mets?

Both surgery and radiofrequency ablation (RFA) are used to destroy liver tumors that have spread from colorectal cancer, but which approach is better? Surgeons at the University of Louisville School of Medicine reviewed all the cases where patients received either surgery only or RFA only in their hospital over the past twelve years.  They had over…  Read More