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Analyzing Necessary Steps for Treating Patients with mCRC

Bassel El-Rayes, MD
Published Online:2:37 PM, Wed May 22, 2019


Bassel El-Rayes, MD, chief clinical research scientist, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, discusses the key points physicians should consider when treating a patient with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC).

The first thing is the importance of multidisciplinary care, says El-Rayes. Patients with mCRC need to be discussed in a tumor board and multiple specialties should be included in the discussion in order to form the best treatment plan. Physicians should be aware of all the advantages to different therapies available, such as surgery, radiofrequency ablation, microwave ablation, radiation, and transcatheter therapies.

Finally, the third aspect is the importance of patient selection, El-Rayes concludes. Patients who require a systemic therapy versus a locoregional therapy, or a combination of the 2, need to be identified.
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