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Rectal Cancer treatment details. Radiation. Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL, United States

Survival: 14.5 months
Toxicity Grade: 4
Treatments: Radiation
Country: United States
City/State/Province: Chicago, IL
Hospital: Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Journal: Link
Date: 5/2009

There were 72 patients with liver-dominant colorectal metastases in this trial and 65% were male. The median age was 61 years with a range of 54-86 years.

Patients in this study were given radiation therapy in the form of Yttrium-90 (Y90) microspheres, which are radioactive glass particles.

The majority of toxicities reported were of grade 1-2, consisting of nausea, fatigue, and abdominal pain. In addition, 12.6% of patients experienced grade 3-4 bilirubin toxicity, which is associated with liver problems.

The median overall survival in this study was reported as 14.5 months.

Correspondence: Dr. Riad Salem, e-mail:

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