Letter to Editor
How Long Adjuvant Chemotherapy should be given in Early Stage Colon Cancer?Michael Retsky*
Harvard School of Public Health, Boston. MA 02115, USA
- *Corresponding Author:
- Michael Retsky
Harvard School of Public Health
Boston. MA 02115, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: March 01, 2013; Accepted Date: April 22, 2013; Published Date: April 24, 2013
Citation: Retsky M (2013) How long should Adjuvant Chemotherapy be given in Early Stage Colon Cancer? J Clin Exp Pathol 3:136. doi: 10.4172/2161-0681.1000136
Copyright: © 2013 Retsky M. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
After diagnosis of colon cancer, the tumor is removed and the stage of the disease is provided by a pathologist.
If the stage indicates relatively high risk of relapse, adjuvant chemotherapy is used for 6 or so months to reduce the
probability of such relapse. This is a very common situation in oncology – used for many early stage colon cancer
patients of whom there will be 143,000 in 2013 in US. This therapy is only partially effective since 52,000 patients will
die of metastatic colon cancer in 2013. Despite being used for decades, there is much room for improvement