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  • Posted: 10/28/2012

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NCI Cancer Center News

Fox Chase study finds age tied to spread of rectal cancer to lymph nodes

Rectal cancer is more likely to spread to the lymph nodes in younger patients, according to new findings that Fox Chase Cancer Center researchers presented on October 29 at the American Society for Radiation Oncology’s 54th Annual Meeting. The results—which are the first of their kind—suggest that doctors should search for spreading more aggressively in these patients.

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