Letters Colorectal cancer: a cautionary tale

Benefits of metastasectomy for colorectal cancer

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g4033 (Published 18 June 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g4033
  1. Tom Cecil, clinical director1,
  2. Faheez Mohamed, deputy director1,
  3. Brendan Moran, academic director1
  1. 1Peritoneal Malignancy Institute Basingstoke, Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Basingstoke RG24 9NA, UK
  1. tom.cecil{at}nhs.net

We commend Treasure and colleagues and The BMJ for their efforts in resurrecting and publishing data from unpublished trials. William Slack’s reported observation that “active cancer had to be detected earlier than was possible clinically if repeat surgery was to benefit patients” was wise and prophetic.1 It forms the basis for exciting developments in the use of second look laparotomy in the modern …

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