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Rectal Cancer Treatment (PDQ®)

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Last Modified: 07/02/2014

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.