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Minerva Chirurgica 2010 February;65(1):17-20

language: English

Survival in surgical palliative resection of stage IV colorectal cancer: short term results in a single institution

Scabini S., Rimini E., Romairone E., Scordamaglia R., Pertile D., Ferrando V.

Operative Unit of Oncological Surgery and Implantable System Surgery, S. Martino University Hospital, Genoa, Italy


AIM: In this study, we analyze clinical parameters, survival and possible advantage of surgery in patients affected by symptomatic Dukes D colorectal cancer.
METHODS: From July 2005 to December 2008 at our Oncological Surgery Unit we treated 69 symptomatic stage IV CRC, 46 of them resected at our Oncological Surgical Unit. Clinical variables were tested for their relationship to survival in a univariate prognostic analysis and revealed the interaction of the prognostic factors.
RESULTS: In symptomatic stage IV CRC with noncurable resection, the most robust univariate predictor for poor prognosis was impossibility to cancer resection. It is associated with significative decrease of survival also in the short term. In our series we do not observe correlation between poor prognosis and age, gender, localisation of tumor, depth of invasion, 19.9 and surgeons. CEA more than 100 µg/L and impossibility to adiuvant therapy have a significative role and are associated with poor prognosis.
CONCLUSION: Our results suggested that impossibility to perform cancer resection is associated with poor prognosis in symptomatic stage IV CRC and worse survival also in the short term.

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