Treatment Comparison for Rectal Cancer (N1048)

What we are studying

The standard treatment for locally advanced rectal cancer involves chemotherapy and radiation, prior to surgery. Although radiation therapy to the pelvis has been a standard and important part of treatment for rectal cancer and has been shown to decrease the risk of the cancer coming back in the same area in the pelvis, some patients experience undesirable side effects from the radiation and there have been important advances in chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation which may be of benefit. The purpose of this study is to compare the effects, both good and bad, of the standard treatment of chemotherapy and radiation to chemotherapy alone.

Who we are studying

  • Men and Women
  • Races:
    • White
    • African American
    • Asian
    • American Indian or Alaska Native
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
    • Other
  • All Ethnicities
  • Ages 18+

Eligibility Criteria

  • Diagnosed with rectal cancer

What is involved

  • Receive 5.5 to 12 weeks of treatment before surgery
  • Treatment after surgery will depend on what is found during the surgery

Compensation

None

Contact Information

Study Coordinator
Stacey Lewis
Email
stalewis@wakehealth.edu
Phone
336-713-6927

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