Author | Paulo M. Hoff, MD, FACP


Is Surgery Always Necessary in Rectal Cancer?

July 15, 2014

In this article, we review risks and benefits of the standard treatment approach for rectal cancer and compare standard treatment with alternative methods aimed at rectal preservation.

Autonomy Versus Paternalism in Latin America

January 17, 2012

In this paper, Dr. Cherny beautifully reviews how to balance the patient's right to be adequately informed about his or her disease with the powerful cultural beliefs held in many parts of the world.

Perioperative Treatment of Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors

January 02, 2009

Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) originate from the interstitial cells of Cajal or a precursor and are the most common mesenchymal neoplasms of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract.[1] Although GISTs often present as localized masses, they are typified by a high risk of metastatic relapse, most commonly in the liver and peritoneum.

Adjuvant Chemotherapy for Stage II Colon Cancer

March 01, 2008

Adjuvant therapy is defined as any treatment administered after surgical resection of a primary tumor with the intent of improving the patient’s outcome by eliminating any occult, viable tumor cells that may have remained after surgery.