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Rectal cancer patients choose surveillance following chemo-radiation

As cancer therapies improve, more patients with rectal cancer are foregoing surgery.

Patients with rectal cancer who respond well to radiation and chemotherapy are increasingly opting for a watch-and-wait approach.

This is according to a study published in JAMA Oncology, which shows that the number of patients opting out of surgery rose nearly 10% between 2006 and 2020.

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