Organ Preservation in Elderly Patients With Rectal Cancer
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Last updated:24th Sep 2021
In elderly patients postoperative mortality measured 3-6 months after total mesorectal excision is high. Thus, less toxic treatments may lead to a survival benefit for elderly patients even if a risk of local recurrence is slightly higher compared to the open surgery. The investigators addressed the question whether watch and wait policy is safe in clinical complete responders after (chemo)radiation for elderly patients with small or moderately advanced tumours.