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Dec 7, 2005

Can You Cure Meatastatic Colorectal Cancer?

Can You Cure Meatastatic Colorectal Cancer?
Introduction of several new drugs like oxaliplatin, irinotecan, avastin, and erbutex, is bringing excitement into the treatment of metastatic colorectal cancer. The excitement has reached a point in the physician community, and now they are talking about actually curing some of the patients with metastatic colorectal cancer.

I have a friend, who is an oncologist, and we were talking yesterday over dinner about the advances in the treatment of colorectal cancer in the last 5 years or so. Prior to this period there was only one chemotherapy drug, Flurouracil (5-FU), was available for treatment of patients with colorectal cancer. Then came a string of new drugs and this has changed the outlook on the management of colorectal cancer forever. With the introduction of these new drugs survival in colorectal cancer patients have doubled.

Metastatic colorectal cancer is considered to be an incurable disease, and the doctors had a negative approach to the treatment of colorectal cancer due to lack of effective chemotherapy drugs. Now it has changed and they are talking about curing some of these patients with metastatic colorectal cancer.

Patients who have one or three metastatic lesions limited to organs like liver or lung are generally considered to be eligible curative approach. The first step is surgical removal of the metastatic lesions. Surgery is followed by combination therapy using some of the newer chemotherapy drugs like oxaliplatin and targeted therapies like avastin.

It is interesting to note that use of avastin in Israel is approved only for those who are potentially eligible for this curative approach.

Treatment options are expanding at a fast pace in the field of cancer treatment and I would not be surprised if this beast is tamed and shackled before the end of next decade or so.


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Colorectal cancer
Colorectal cancer is a malignant tumor that arises from the inner wall of the large intestine or rectum. Colorectal cancer is the third commonest cancer diagnosed in the United States. Each year over 100,000 people are diagnosed with colorectal cancer in the United States. Most, of these cancers develop from growths in the colon called polyps. Removal of these polyps can prevent colon cancer.

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