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    Rectal Cancer Treatment (PDQ®): Treatment - Health Professional Information [NCI] - Changes to This Summary (07 / 02 / 2014)

    The PDQ cancer information summaries are reviewed regularly and updated as new information becomes available. This section describes the latest changes made to this summary as of the date above.

    General Information About Rectal Cancer

    Updated statistics with estimated new cases and deaths for 2014 (cited American Cancer Society as reference 1).

    Stage II Rectal Cancer

    Added text to the list of treatment options to include short-course preoperative radiation therapy followed by surgery and chemotherapy.

    Added Short-course Preoperative Radiation Therapy as a new subsection.

    Stage III Rectal Cancer

    Added text to the list of treatment options to include short-course preoperative radiation therapy followed by surgery and chemotherapy.

    Added Short-course Preoperative Radiation Therapy as a new subsection.

    This summary is written and maintained by the PDQ Adult Treatment Editorial Board, which is editorially independent of NCI. The summary reflects an independent review of the literature and does not represent a policy statement of NCI or NIH. More information about summary policies and the role of the PDQ Editorial Boards in maintaining the PDQ summaries can be found on the About This PDQ Summary and PDQ NCI's Comprehensive Cancer Database pages.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Public Information from the National Cancer Institute

    Last Updated: May 28, 2015
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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