Total mesorectal excision and management of rectal cancer

Ilia Pinsk, P. Terry Phang

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Treatment of rectal cancer over the last two decades has evolved with changes in techniques of surgery and radiation based on national and international trials. Preoperative adjuvant radiation is now preferred over postoperative adjuvant radiation, and total mesorectal excision with preservation of pelvic nerves is the gold standard for surgical treatment of rectal cancer. Preservation of the anal sphincter without compromising oncological outcome is an additional benefit for patients with carcinoma in the distal rectum. Further progress in imaging and a multidisciplinary team approach will facilitate individualization of treatment strategy with more focus on quality of life.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1395-1403
Number of pages9
JournalExpert Review of Anticancer Therapy
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2007


  • Circumferential resection margin
  • Radiotherapy
  • Randomized study
  • Rectal cancer
  • Total mesorectal excision

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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