Journal article

Carcinoma of the anal canal: a local experience and review of the literature

S Wong, P Gibbs, M Chao, I Jones, S McLaughlin, J Tjandra, I Faragher, M Green

ANZ JOURNAL OF SURGERY | BLACKWELL PUBLISHING ASIA | Published : 2004

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Through the 1970s patients presenting with anal canal carcinoma were managed with a surgical approach--abdomino-perineal resection. Since then, the pioneering work of Nigro et al. and a series of large clinical trials have clearly demonstrated that combined chemotherapy and radiotherapy result in greater local control, colostomy-free survival and increase in overall patient survival. The aim of the present study is to determine how widely the combined modality approach has been adopted in routine clinical practice and what outcomes are achieved in this setting. METHODS: All patients with anal cancer treated at three tertiary referral centres over an 11-year period (1991-2001) wer..

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