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Ward WH , Sigurdson ER , Esposito AC , Ruth KJ , Manstein SM , Sorenson EC , Wernick BD , Farma JM
Pathologic response following treatment for locally advanced rectal cancer: Does location matter?
J Surg Res. 2018 April;224 :215-221
PMID: 29506843     PMCID: PMC7811804    URL: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29506843
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BACKGROUND: Despite advances in the treatment of rectal adenocarcinoma, the management of locally advanced disease remains a challenge. The standard of care for patients with stages II and III rectal cancer includes neoadjuvant chemoradiation followed by total mesorectal excision and postoperative chemotherapy. Much effort has been dedicated to the identification of predictive factors associated with pathologic complete response (pCR). The aim of our study was to examine our institutional experience and determine whether any association exists between anatomic tumor location and the rate of pCR. We hypothesized that lesions more than 6 cm from the anal verge are more likely to achieve a pCR. METHODS: Using data from our prospectively maintained tumor registry, a query was completed to identify all patients with locally advanced rectal adenocarcinoma who underwent treatment at Fox Chase Cancer Center from 2002 to 2015. Demographics, pretreatment, posttreatment, and final pathologic TNM staging data were collected as well as treatment intervals in days, recurrence status, overall survival, and disease-free survival. Patients with incomplete endoscopic data, staging information, survival, or recurrence status were excluded. The primary outcome measured was the degree of pathologic response. Logistic regression was used to adjust for covariates. RESULTS: Of the 135 patients eligible in the study cohort, 39% were female and 61% were male. Regarding initial clinical stage, 43% were stage II and 57% were stage III. A total of 29% had a pCR, 43% had partial pathologic response, and 28% had no response to neoadjuvant treatment. Tumor location ranged from 0 to 13 cm from the anal verge. Longitudinal tumor length was recorded in 111 patients, facilitating the calculation of mean tumor distance from the anal verge. This ranged from 0 to 15.5 cm. Univariate and multivariable analyses were completed using pCR as a primary outcome. No statistically significant difference was noted based on tumor location, regardless of measurement approach. CONCLUSIONS: Anatomic location of cancer of the rectum does not affect pCR after neoadjuvant therapy and subsequent surgical resection.
Export Date: 1 February 2018 J Surg Res. 2018 Apr;224:215-221. doi: 10.1016/j.jss.2017.11.072. Epub 2018 Jan 4.