Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery

, Volume 22, Issue 5, pp 906–912 | Cite as

Neoadjuvant Radiation Therapy in Locally Advanced Colon Cancer: a Cohort Analysis

  • Devi Mukkai Krishnamurty
  • Alexander T. Hawkins
  • Katerina O. Wells
  • Matthew G. Mutch
  • Mathew L. Silviera
  • Sean C. Glasgow
  • Steven R. Hunt
  • Sekhar Dharmarajan
Original Research



A paucity of data exists in the use of neoadjuvant chemoradiation therapy (NRT) for T4, non-metastatic colon cancer. This study was conducted to determine the effect of NRT on outcomes after resection for T4 colon cancer.


All patients with non-metastatic resected clinical T4 colon cancer from 2000 to 2012 at a tertiary care center were included. The cohort was divided into two groups—those that received NRT and those that did not (non-NRT). The primary outcomes were margin-negative resection and overall survival (OS).


One hundred and thirty-one consecutive patients with non-metastatic clinical T4 colon cancer with a mean age of 65 years were included. NRT was used in 23 patients (17.4%). NRT group was noted to have non-statistically significant improvement in R0 resection rate (NRT 95.7% vs non-NRT 88.0%; p = 0.27) and local recurrence (NRT 4.3% vs non-NRT 15.7%; p = 0.15). There was a significant difference in T-stage downstaging between the two groups (NRT 30.4% vs non-NRT 6.5%; p = 0.007). In a bivariate analysis, NRT was associated with improved 5-year OS (NRT 76.4% vs non-NRT 51.5%; p = 0.03). This relationship did not persist in a Cox proportional hazard analysis that included age and comorbidity (HR 2.19; 95% CI 0.87–5.52; p = 0.09).


The use of NRT in locally advanced T4 colon cancer is safe and associated with increased downstaging. While there was a trend toward improvement in local recurrence and the ability to obtain margin-negative resections in the NRT group, this was not significant. Significantly improved overall survival was not observed in a multivariable analysis.


Locally advanced colon cancer Radiotherapy Surgery Outcomes Adenocarcinoma 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Devi Mukkai Krishnamurty
    • 1
  • Alexander T. Hawkins
    • 1
  • Katerina O. Wells
    • 1
  • Matthew G. Mutch
    • 1
  • Mathew L. Silviera
    • 1
  • Sean C. Glasgow
    • 1
  • Steven R. Hunt
    • 1
  • Sekhar Dharmarajan
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of General Surgery, Section of Colon and Rectal Surgery, Washington University School of MedicineWashington University in St. LouisSt. LouisUSA
  2. 2.Division of General SurgeryMercy HospitalSt. LouisUSA

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