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What are the relevant imaging factors to optimize treatment decisions?

Chand, M; Brown, G; (2012) What are the relevant imaging factors to optimize treatment decisions? In: Multidisciplinary Management of Rectal Cancer: Questions and Answers. (pp. 27-39).

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Abstract

© 2012 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. All rights are reserved. Radiology has become an increasingly important part of today's multi-disciplinary approach to managing cancer. Optimal treatment decisions are based on knowledge of tumour characteristics and, in particular, identifying prognostic features early in diagnosis. In rectal cancer, many of these prognostic features can be identified using a combination of MRI, EAUS and CT. Such factors include pathological involvement of the circumferential resection margin (CRM), height of the tumour from the anal verge, extramural venous invasion and T-staging of the tumour in addition to the presence of distant metastases. Treatment decisions must aim to deal with the immediate threat of cancer and also reduce the risk of future local or distant recurrence. By identifying these factors at an early stage in the patient's treatment pathway using appropriate imaging techniques, selective neo-adjuvant therapy can be given to improve overall outcomes.

Type: Book chapter
Title: What are the relevant imaging factors to optimize treatment decisions?
ISBN: 3642250041
ISBN-13: 9783642250040
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-25005-7_4
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Surgery and Interventional Sci
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Surgery and Interventional Sci > Department of Targeted Intervention
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1569825
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