wdt wrote:Does anyone know any specifics about getting radiation and/or chemo prior to surgery in rectal cancer? I had read that in larger tumors, you should radiate first to shrink it.
I don't know how it's done elsewhere, but here in Tampa at the Moffit Cancer Center, Chemo-radiation prior to surgery, unless there is extenuating circumstances, is the standard protocol for rectal cancer, and has been for several years.
I only know this because I was asked to participate in a new study regarding more time and more chemo between radiation and surgery. They want to see if they can shrink the tumors even more.