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How To treat rectal cancer patients with adjuvant systemic therapy?

After discussing currently available evidence regarding adjuvant chemotherapy in the treatment of rectal cancer, Francesco Sclafani explains how to select patients with rectal cancer who could benefit from it. He insists on the importance of doctor-patient discussion in the absence of robust data.

In conclusion, he suggests a change in the way of designing clinical trials in the rectal cancer setting in the future and expresses the need for predictive biomarkers identification.

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