Concurrent Chemo-Radiation During Primary Treatment Reduces Recurrence Due to Micro-Metastasis

It is well accepted that micro-metastasis of the primary tumor is responsible for disease recurrence and metastasis. However, by the time most primary tumors are detected using standard diagnostic assays, distant micro-metastasis has likely occurred and needs to be considered as part of the initial treatment protocol. In this study on early stage nasopharyngeal carcinoma, patients treated with concurrent low dosage cisplatin and radiation therapy had improved 5-year overall survival, progression-free survival, and distant metastasis free survival rates compared with the group receiving radiation alone. At 60 mths, 22.8% of patients in the radiation group had disease progression, compared to only 11.2% in the concurrent therapy group. I like this approach because not only does it improve the outcome for these patients, it also targets metastasis at an early stage when it is highly treatable.
Concurrent Chemo-Radiation Confers Survival Benefit in Stage II Patients with Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma.


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    • Thank you for your kind words Veronique : ) We try to make our articles readable for any person without a scientific background so yes, we are seeing some comments from people that do lack a scientific background. We have a Facebook page entitled “ask a cancer specialist” where we answer questions, however, we have not had the best response and may wind it down if we do not get some more readers. Here is the link: We also have a twitter account but it contains the same posts as this website.
      We will also be opening a new blog in the same sort of format (questions answered by a panel of experts) as the facebook page and this will be called `TheCancerGuy`. I will let you know when we have this set up.
      Thanks for your input and take care

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