Clinical and Translational Oncology

, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp 3–11 | Cite as

A panel discussion of controversies and challenges in the adjuvant treatment of colon cancer

  • Eduardo Díaz-Rubio García
  • Albert Abad Esteve
  • Antonio Antón Torres
  • Enrique Aranda Aguilar
  • Manuel Benavides Orgaz
  • Alfredo Carrato Mena
  • Andrés Cervantes Ruipérez
  • Jaime Feliu Batle
  • Pilar García Alfonso
  • Jesús García Foncillas
  • Cristina Garávalos Castro
  • Matilde Navarro García
  • Fernando Rivera Herrero
  • José María Tabernero Caturla


Current issues of adjuvant therapy for colon cancer concern the introduction of drugs other than fluorouracil-5/leucovorin (5-FU/LV), the benefits for stage II patients, the use of new primary endpoints and the influence of age on treatment benefits. These issues were addressed in a panel discussion and the conclusions were the following: FOLFOX4 is the first regimen that shows superiority over 5-FU/LV. The use of 3-year disease-free survival as primary endoint could encourage the quicker adoption of improved therapeutic strategies into clinical practice. Available data suggest that there are some benefits for stage II patients, and the decision needs to be individualised for each patient. Further, therapeutic decisions based solely on the patient's age are inappropriate, and geriatric assessment tools will help in making this decision. This information would improve patient and physician understanding of the recent data regarding the potential benefits of adjuvant therapy.


adjuvant treatment colon cancer 

Discusión de expertos sobre controversias y retos en el tratamiento adyuvante del


Las controversias actuales referentes al tratamiento adyuvante del cáncer de colon incluyen la introducción de fármacos más allá de 5-FU/LV, el beneficio que ofrece a los pacientes con estadio II, el uso de nuevas variables y la influencia de la edad sobre los beneficios del tratamiento. Estas controversias fueron discutidas en un panel de expertos y las conclusiones fueron las siguientes: FOLFOX4 es el primer régimen que ha demostrado superioridad frente a 5-FU/LV. El uso de la supervivencia libre de enfermedad a 3 años como variable principal de los estudios podrá permitir una adopción más répida de estrategias terapéuticas. Los datos disponibles sugieren que existe beneficio para los pacientes con estadio II, y la decisión terapéutica debe ser individualizada. Finalmente, también se llegó a la conclusión de que las decisiones basadas únicamente en la edad no son apropiadas, y las herramientas de valoración geriátrica servirán de apoyo. Esta información puede mejorar el entendimiento de pacientes y médicos acerca de los datos recientes relativos a los beneficios del tratamiento adyuvante.

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tratamiento adyuvante cancer de colon 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eduardo Díaz-Rubio García
    • 1
  • Albert Abad Esteve
    • 2
  • Antonio Antón Torres
    • 3
  • Enrique Aranda Aguilar
    • 4
  • Manuel Benavides Orgaz
    • 5
  • Alfredo Carrato Mena
    • 6
  • Andrés Cervantes Ruipérez
    • 7
  • Jaime Feliu Batle
    • 8
  • Pilar García Alfonso
    • 9
  • Jesús García Foncillas
    • 10
  • Cristina Garávalos Castro
    • 11
  • Matilde Navarro García
    • 12
  • Fernando Rivera Herrero
    • 13
  • José María Tabernero Caturla
    • 14
  1. 1.Service of Medical OncologyHospital Universitario San CarlosMadridSpain
  2. 2.Service of Medical OncologyHospital Universitari Germans Trias i Pujol. BadalonaBarcelonaSpain
  3. 3.Service of Medical OncologyHospital Miguel ServetZaragozaSpain
  4. 4.Service of Medical OncologyHospital Reina SofiaCórdobaSpain
  5. 5.Service of Medical OncologyHospital General Carlos HayaMálagaSpain
  6. 6.Service of Medical OncologyHospital General Universitario de ElcheElche. AlicanteSpain
  7. 7.Service of Medical OncologyHospital Clínico UniversitarioValenciaSpain
  8. 8.Service of Medical OncologyCiudad Sanitaria La PazMadridSpain
  9. 9.Service of Medical OncologyHospital General Universitario Gregorio MarañónMadridSpain
  10. 10.Laboratory of Biotechnology and PharmacogenomicsClínica Universitaria de NavarraPamplonaSpain
  11. 11.Service of Medical OncologyHospital Universitario 12 de OctubreMadridSpain
  12. 12.Service of Medical Oncology. Institut Català d'Oncologia (ICO)L'Hospitalet de LlobregatBarcelonaSpain
  13. 13.Service of Medical OncologyHospital Universitario Marqués de ValdecillaSantanderSpain
  14. 14.Service of Medical OncologyHospital General Vall d'HebronBarcelonaSpain

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