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Radiotherapy and rectal cancer 

Radiotherapy and rectal cancer
Radiotherapy and rectal cancer

Rachel Cooper

and Paul Hatfield

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date: 23 January 2021

In addition to important surgical advances in the management of rectal cancer, radiotherapy plays a key role in the multidisciplinary management of this disease in selected patients

There is now an extensive evidence base supporting its role in the neoadjuvant and adjuvant setting

Radiotherapy is a valuable method of palliation in patients with uncontrolled pelvic disease

In some patients, with very early disease, radiotherapy can sometimes be used as an alternative to conventional surgery

Radiotherapists should work closely with other members of the rectal cancer team to ensure that all appropriate patients are offered the benefits of radiotherapy throughout the course of their disease.

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