This volume presents a current review of the multimodal treatment of rectal carcinoma given today. Therapeutic concepts are developed and discussed with respect to experience gained from the most recent clinical studies and the results of molecular biology and genetics and clinically oriented research. Hence, the reader is given the opportunity to become informed of new research-related insights and their pracitical effect and implementation. The book contains chapters on molecular biology, staging, surgical treatment - with special emphasis on sphincter preservation - options for treating recurrent tumors and aftercare based on present knowledge, all of which have been written by international experts in their respective fields.
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