Aggressive Treatment Leads to Cures for Colon and Rectal Cancers

Colon and rectal cancer that is attached to critical body structures like the wall of the pelvis or important large veins has traditionally been considered not surgically treatable.  Patients have been offered palliative treatments designed to extend life or reduce symptoms, but the goal wasn’t cure. However, Mayo Clinic surgeons are now working together with teams…  Read More

Surgery at NCI Centers Shows Better Survival

Patients who had surgery for colon or rectal cancer performed at a National Cancer Institute Designated Center had less risk of death immediately after surgery and better long-term survival. Looking at nearly 34,000 people who had surgery for colon cancer and 8,600 who had rectal cancer surgery, researchers found a 26 percent increase in long term…  Read More

Webcast: Treatment of Colon and Pancreatic Cancer

Are we making progress in treating colon and pancreatic cancer?  An audio webcast with Dr. David Mahvi, surgeon at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, will help answer that question. Treatment of Colon Cancer and Pancreatic Cancer: Are We Making Progress? David Mahvi, M.D. Tuesday, October 14, 2008. 7 p.m. Northwestern Memorial webcasts

Radiation Before Surgery Can Increase Bowel and Sexual Problems

Although giving radiation before rectal cancer surgery reduces the risk that cancer will return in the rectum and nearby tissues, it does so at a cost.  Quality-of-life studies that accompanied a trial of a short course of radiation therapy before surgery  found more sexual and bowel problems with presurgical radiation.

Improved Outcomes with Chemotherapy After Surgery to Remove Metastases

Patients who received chemotherapy after surgery to remove colorectal cancer that had spread to their liver or lungs had better long-term outcomes than those who only had surgery, according to an analysis that pooled two similar studies. Two different clinical trials studied chemotherapy after surgical removal of liver or lung metastases due to colorectal cancer.  While…  Read More

Hospitals Not Testing Enough Lymph Nodes

Despite the fact that removing and testing at least 12 nearby lymph nodes during colorectal cancer surgery improves accurate staging and survival, most US hospitals are not reaching that goal. In a recent study of nearly 1,300 hospitals, only 38 percent tested at least 12 nodes in 75 percent of colorectal cancer surgeries performed in 2004…  Read More