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Original Articles

IMAJ | volume

Journal 10, October 2006
pages: 675-678

Transabdominal Transanal Resection of Distal Rectal Cancer after High Dose Preoperative Radiotherapy: a Chinese Experience in Preserving Sphincter Function


     Background: The combination of high dose preoperative radiotherapy and transanal abdominal transanal with radical proctosigmoidectomy and colo-anal anastomosis as a sphincter-preserving method has never been performed in mainland China.

    Objectives: To assess the feasibility and efficacy of high dose preoperative radiotherapy and TATA[1] as a sphincter-preserving method in Jiangsu, an economically well-developed region of China with a population of 70 million people.

    Methods: From September 1994 to September 2000, 25 consecutive patients with pathologically confirmed distal rectal adenocarcinoma were treated preoperatively with a total dose of 45–46 Gy at 1.8–2.0 Gy per fraction during 5 weeks. Sphincter-preserving surgery by TATA was performed 4–6 weeks after radiotherapy. 

    Results: Acute toxicity of preoperative radiotherapy was tolerable. Eight percent of the patients presented pathologic complete tumor response after preoperative radiotherapy. All patients underwent TATA as scheduled. During a median follow-up of 70 months, the 5 year survival rate was 88%. The 5 year survival rate for those tumors down-staged to pathological T0 or to pT1 was 100%.

    Conclusions: High dose preoperative radiotherapy and TATA as a sphincter-preserving method was feasible and efficient in Chinese patients with distal rectal cancer. In this study, the subset of patients with a good response to radiotherapy had a better clinical outcome.


    [1] TATA = transanal abdominal transanal

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