BSD-2000 Published Clinical Studies

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Authors: Schroeder C, Gani C, Lamprecht U, von Weyhern CH, Weinmann M, Bamberg M, Berger B.
Publication: Int J Hyperthermia. 2012;28(8):707-14. doi: 10.3109/02656736.2012.722263. Epub 2012 Sep 24.

To evaluate the influence of regional hyperthermia on rates of complete pathological response (pCR) and sphincter-sparing surgery in the context of an up-to-date radiochemotherapy protocol for locally advanced rectal cancer.

Between 2007 and 2010, 106 patients with locally advanced cancer of the middle and lower rectum were admitted to neoadjuvant radiochemotherapy either with (n = 61) or without (n = 45) regional hyperthermia. A retrospective comparison was performed between two groups: 45 patients received standard treatment consisting of 5040 cGy in 28 fractions to the pelvis and 5-fluorouracil (RCT group) and 61 patients received the same treatment in combination with regional hyperthermia (HRCT group). Target temperature was 40.5°C for at least 60 min. Total mesorectal excision was performed routinely.

pCR was seen in 6.7% of patients in the RCT group and 16.4% in the HRCT group. Patients who received at least four hyperthermia treatments (n = 40) achieved a significantly higher pCR rate (22.5%) than the remaining 66 patients (p = 0.043). Rates of sphincter-sparing surgery were similar in both groups with 64% in the RCT group and 66% in HRCT. When considering only low-lying tumours located within 8 cm of the anal verge prior to treatment, the rate of sphincter-sparing surgery was 57% in the HRCT group compared with 35% in the RCT group (p = 0.077).

The combination of regional hyperthermia and neoadjuvant radiochemotherapy may lead to an increased pCR rate in locally advanced rectal cancer. Patients with low-lying tumours especially may benefit when additional downsizing allows sphincter-preserving surgery.

Link to publication: Pathological complete response and sphincter-sparing surgery after neoadjuvant radiochemotherapy with regional hyperthermia for locally advanced rectal cancer compared with radiochemotherapy alone.