Stage 0 colon cancer is the most superficial of all the lesions and is limited to the mucosa without invasion of the lamina propria. Because of its superficial nature, the surgical procedure may be limited.
The World Health Organization (WHO) classification of tumors of the colon and rectum include the following:
Intraepithelial neoplasia (dysplasia) associated with chronic inflammatory diseases
Low-grade glandular intraepithelial neoplasia.
High-grade glandular intraepithelial neoplasia.
Standard treatment options for stage 0 colon cancer include the following:
Local excision or simple polypectomy with clear margins.
Colon resection for larger lesions not amenable to local excision.
Current Clinical Trials
Check for U.S. clinical trials from NCI's list of cancer clinical trials that are now accepting patients with stage 0 colon cancer. The list of clinical trials can be further narrowed by location, drug, intervention, and other criteria.
General information about clinical trials is also available from the NCI Web site.
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