Rectum and Anal Canal

  • Jean Papillon
  • Bernard J. Cummings
  • John E. Byfield
Part of the Medical Radiology book series (MEDRAD)

Abstract

The purpose of conservative treatment is the control of rectal carcinoma without bowel resection. Conservative treatment by irradiation has long been a subject of controversy, because it contradicts two generally held notions: first, that adenocarcinoma of the rectum is only slightly radiosensitive; second, that rectal cancer can only be cured by radical surgery, i.e., en bloc resection of the bowel segment bearing the tumor and the lymphatic drainage areas.

Keywords

Cobalt Adenocarcinoma Rubber Radium Shrinkage 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jean Papillon
    • 1
  • Bernard J. Cummings
    • 2
  • John E. Byfield
    • 3
  1. 1.LyonFrance
  2. 2.TorontoCanada
  3. 3.Kern Regional Cancer CentreBakersfieldUSA

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