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RODRIGUEZ FERNANDEZ, Zenén et al. Interval free of disease in patients with recurrent colon cancer. MEDISAN [online]. 2014, vol.18, n.11, pp.1499-1507. ISSN 1029-3019.

A descriptive study of 37 operated patients of colon cancer with healing intention and who presented tumoral recurrence, assisted in "Saturnino Lora Torres" Teaching Clinical Surgical Provincial Hospital, in Santiago de Cuba was carried out during the period 2006-2012, aimed at identifying the factors associated with the interval free of disease after the initial surgery. The affected patients older than 65 years, female sex; a primary tumour located in the right colon with postoperative stage III and II, local-regional recurrence as that of greater frequency and a palpable tumour as the most common, prevailed in the case material. The clinical method, echography and colon x-ray for enema were decisive for the diagnosis. The exeresis of the colon cancer associated with the adjuvant chemotherapy guaranteed a longer interval free of disease, although the diagnosis of recurrence was in correspondence with the early detection during the postoperative period, the surgery was essentially palliative

Keywords : recurrent colon cancer; recurrence or relapse; postoperative follow up; surgery; chemotherapy; radiotherapy; immunotherapy; interval free of disease; secondary health care.

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