Although the current standard treatment for patients with locally advanced rectal cancer is preoperative chemoradiotherapy followed by total mesorectal excision, concerns have been raised over the functional sequelae and possible overtreatment of rectal cancer patients.
Rectal cancer management is becoming increasingly complex. There is increasing recognition of the potential to avoid routine chemoradiotherapy, as excellent results can be achieved with a more selective approach.
Blase Polite, MD, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Chicago and the track leader for the GI Colorectal Scientific Program Committee at ASCO, discusses the latest research in the field of colorectal cancer.
David Ryan, MD discusses his debate with Paul H. Sugarbaker, MD during the ASCO session “Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy and Cytoreductive Surgery in Colon Cancer” and how in his view this type of treatment, as presented to the patient, creates a certain dynamic between the surgeon and medical oncologist, one of hope vs reality.
As part of our coverage of the ASCO Annual Meeting, we discuss advances in the management of upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract tumors, as well as highlighting clinical trial results that will be reported at the meeting.