The substantial recurrence rate of colorectal cancer following potentially curative resection has fuelled the search for effective adjuvant therapy. Revious trials using 5‐fluorouracil (5‐FU) as a single agent or in combination chemotherapy regimens have not demonstrated meaningful benefits. an impression reflected in the results of a meta‐analysis encompassing large patient numbers. Newer developments utilizing intraportal chemotherapy and the combination of 5‐FU and levamisole have resulted in lower recurrence rates and improved survival in patients with colon cancer. In advanced disease. the biochemical modulation of 5‐FU by Leucovorin has been shown to prolong survival in some studies. Combined Chemotherapy and radiotherapy or chemotherapy alone have shown promising results in rectal cancer. These developments have now been incorporated into ongoing trials.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Australian and New Zealand Journal of Surgery|
|State||Published - 1 Jan 1991|
- adjuvant therapy
- colorectal cancer
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Medicine (all)