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, 97 (3), 657-669

Resection of the Primary Tumor in Stage IV Colorectal Cancer: When Is It Necessary?

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Resection of the Primary Tumor in Stage IV Colorectal Cancer: When Is It Necessary?

Leandro Feo et al. Surg Clin North Am.

Abstract

Management of metastatic colorectal cancer requires accurate staging and multidisciplinary evaluation, leading to a consensus treatment plan with the ultimate goal of increasing survival and improving the quality of life, while taking into consideration the patient's performance status, disease burden, and goals of care. Since the introduction of multidrug chemotherapeutic regimens, survival of patients with metastatic colorectal cancer has improved. Many patients with unresectable disease are undergoing surgery for asymptomatic primary tumors despite evidence that it is usually a futile intervention. Palliative measures for local control of the primary tumor include colonic stents, laser therapy, and fulguration.

Keywords: Metastatic colorectal cancer; Palliative treatment; Primary tumor resection; Survival.

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