Author(s): Seretis F, Seretis C
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Abstract The advent of cytoreductive surgery and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy has revolutionized the approach to peritoneal carcinomatosis of colorectal cancer origin in appropriately selected cases. However, the high postoperative morbidity and mortality following the procedure underlines the need for optimizing the patient selection criteria, finally aiming to establish a patient-tailored approach. The introduction of tools enabling the quantification of the peritoneal spread of the metastatic deposits has been of paramount importance in the decision-making and the estimation of the prognosis. However, we believe that it is high time to attempt a further evolution of the current practice, by incorporating in the above mentioned quantification scores parameters indicative of the immune-response against the disease progression, fact which will probably reflect more accurately the dynamics of cancer progression and will sequentially be a crucial step towards individualized treatment of peritoneal carcinomatosis. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
This article was published in Med Hypotheses
and referenced in Metabolomics:Open Access