Delaying surgery 'tied to poor survival' in rectal cancer

The study suggests a need to revise current practice of waiting for patients to respond to chemoradiation, researchers say

Surgery should not be delayed in patients with locally advanced rectal cancer who do not respond well to neoadjuvant chemoradiation, Italian doctors warn.

two surgeons in masks concentrating during an operation

The advice follows results from a multicentre, retrospective cohort study showing that a longer interval between chemoradiotherapy (CRT) and total mesorectal excision (TME) is associated with worse survival rates in such patients.

The study, which is the first to specifically explore the impact of delayed