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Colorectal Cancer Updates 2015

Endoscopic Resection Favored Over Surgery For Complex Colon Polyps

Thursday, November 12, 2015

A strong case can be made for endoscopic resection of benign complex colorectal polyps, new evidence suggests. For complex polyps—those that are difficult to resect because of size, morphology or location—surgical resection is associated with more adverse events, longer hospital length of stay and higher costs than endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR), according to studies that researchers presented at the 2015 Digestive Disease Week (DDW). 

Low BMI tied to higher colorectal cancer mortality, progression risks

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Researchers analyzed data on 21,149 patients enrolled in metastatic colorectal cancer trials, and found that the highest risk of mortality and progression was associated with low body mass index. The study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology found a 27% higher progression risk and a 50% higher mortality risk among patients with a BMI of 18.5, compared with patients who were obese. The risks decreased as BMI rose to 28, then leveled off, researchers found

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