The second issue of Radiation Medicine Rounds focuses on lower gastrointestinal malignancies. The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2009 there were a total of 152,000 new cases of colorectal and anal cancers diagnosed with over 50,000 deaths from these cancers. Colorectal cancers are the third most commonly diagnosed form of cancer in the United States. Thus it is crucial for the practitioner to be up to date on the latest insights regarding their management. This book addresses the multi-disciplinary nature of the care of these tumors. There is representation from radiation oncology, medical oncology, and surgery ensuring a well-rounded summarization of current practice. Included are chapters on the evolution of systemic agents, neoadjuvant treatment, radiation therapy, chemoradiation therapy, rectal cancer and anal cancer covering the vast majority of these tumors. The multi-disciplinary nature of the articles provides readers with an up to date summary and a well-rounded review regarding these tumors and their care. Expert authors provide reviews and assessments of the most recent data and its implications for current clinical practice, along with insights into emerging new trends of importance for the near future.
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