Spontaneous regression of colon cancer

Jpn J Clin Oncol. 2015 Jan;45(1):111-4. doi: 10.1093/jjco/hyu170. Epub 2014 Oct 31.

Abstract

A case of spontaneous regression of transverse colon cancer is reported. A 64-year-old man was diagnosed as having cancer of the transverse colon at a local hospital. Initial and second colonoscopy examinations revealed a typical cancer of the transverse colon, which was diagnosed as moderately differentiated adenocarcinoma. The patient underwent right hemicolectomy 6 weeks after the initial colonoscopy. The resected specimen showed only a scar at the tumor site, and no cancerous tissue was proven histologically. The patient is alive with no evidence of recurrence 1 year after surgery. Although an antitumor immune response is the most likely explanation, the exact nature of the phenomenon was unclear. We describe this rare case and review the literature pertaining to spontaneous regression of colorectal cancer.

Keywords: colon cancer; immune response; spontaneous regression.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adenocarcinoma / pathology*
  • Adenocarcinoma / surgery
  • Colectomy*
  • Colonic Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Colonic Neoplasms / surgery
  • Colonoscopy
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Remission, Spontaneous*