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Surgery a Mainstay in Colorectal Cancer Treatment

Gina Columbus @ginacolumbusonc
Published: Tuesday, Dec 19, 2017

 William R. Jarnagin, MD

William R. Jarnagin, MD
Over time, novel surgical approaches have led to a shift and evolution in treatment for patients with colorectal cancer (CRC), especially for those who have liver-metastatic disease, according to William R. Jarnagin, MD. These include portal vein embolization, segmental-type resections, and selective internal radiation therapy (SIRT)—albeit, a less common approach.

on Gastrointestinal Cancers.

OncLive: What did you focus on in your presentation on CRC?

Jarnagin: I gave some historical perspective about how things have changed over time. There have also been advances with chemotherapy that have seen tremendous progress, which has also changed the nature of who should get an operation and who is a candidate for surgery. I spoke about how more can be currently expected of surgery in a contemporary setting and in a high-volume center, and how we are looking at ways to improve the results of surgery as we go forward.
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