CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Journal of Coloproctology 2019; 39(02): 127-131
DOI: 10.1016/j.jcol.2018.10.015
Original Article

Assessment of the non-surgical treatment of patients with rectal cancer who underwent neoadjuvant treatment with chemotherapy and radiotherapy at the oncology department

Avaliação do tratamento não cirúrgico de pacientes com câncer de reto submetido ao tratamento neoadjuvante com quimioterapia e radioterapia no serviço de oncologia
Meyline Andrade Lima
a  Hospital Santa Izabel – Santa Casa da Bahia, Serviço de Coloproctologia, Salvador, BA, Brazil
,
Eduardo Dias de Moraes
b  Núcleo de Oncologia da Bahia, Salvador, BA, Brazil
,
Elisa Yumi Saito
c  Hospital Santa Izabel – Santa Casa da Bahia, Serviço de Radioterapia, Salvador, BA, Brazil
,
Daniela Galvao Barros
d  Hospital Santa Izabel – Santa Casa da Bahia, Serviço de Oncologia Clínica, Salvador, BA, Brazil
,
Pamela Souza Almeida Malta
e  Clinica AMO, Salvador, BA, Brazil
,
Isabela Maria Alves de Almeida Oliva
f  Obras Sociais de Irmã Dulce (OSID), Salvador, BA, Brazil
,
Carlos Ramon Silveira Mendes
a  Hospital Santa Izabel – Santa Casa da Bahia, Serviço de Coloproctologia, Salvador, BA, Brazil
g  Universidade de São Paulo (USP), Salvador, BA, Brazil
› Author Affiliations

Abstract

Objective To describe the partial results of a study in patients with rectal cancer who underwent neoadjuvant treatment with chemotherapy and radiotherapy regarding the rate of complete clinical response, disease-free survival, anorectal function, and quality of life.

Material and methods This was a prospective study from June 2015 to June 2018, in patients with low- or mid-rectum adenocarcinoma and clinical stage II or III, treated with radiotherapy and chemotherapy (IMRT 54 Gy for six weeks) concomitant with 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) 380 mg/m2 and folinic acid (LV) 20 mg/m2 for five days in the first and fifth weeks and two cycles after radiotherapy (5-FU 400 mg/m2 and LV 20 mg/m2) every 28 days. After the treatment, clinical examination, rectosigmoidoscopy, pelvic magnetic resonance imaging, chest and upper abdomen computed tomography, and CEA testing were performed. Resection surgery was performed in those with incomplete clinical response (iCR). Those with complete clinical response (cCR) are under observation (wait-and-see policy). Manometry and scintigraphic function and quality of life scales were collected before treatment and at 30 and 90 days after the end of treatment.

Results As of June 2018, 11 patients were recruited. One was excluded from the analysis for presenting severe toxicity, suggestive of dihydropyrimidine dehydrogenase (DPD) deficiency, after the first chemotherapy cycle. All others completed the treatment. Two patients presented toxicity grade 3/4 related to chemotherapy and had their doses reduced. Seven patients (70%) presented iRC; three underwent rectosigmoidectomy, and the anatomopathological evaluation indicated complete pathological response in two cases (28.5%). Three (30%) presented cCR and did not present evidence of disease after a mean follow-up of 19 months. Patients presented improvement of anorectal function and quality of life.

Conclusions Advances in the neoadjuvant treatment of rectal tumors contributed to better rates of complete pathological responses. New paradigms promote an increase in the complete clinical response rates, which would allow organ preservation and consequent reduction of surgical morbidity.

Resumo

Objetivo Descrever os resultados parciais de estudo em pacientes com câncer de reto submetidos a tratamento neoadjuvante com quimioterapia e radioterapia quanto à taxa resposta clínica completa, sobrevida livre de doença, função anorretal e qualidade de vida.

Material e métodos Estudo prospectivo desde junho 2015 até junho de 2018, em paciente com adenocarcinoma de reto baixo ou médio e estadio clínico II ou III tratados com RT/QT (IMRT 54 Gy em 6 semanas) concomitante a 5-Fuorouracil (5-FU) 380 mg/m2 e ácido folínico (LV) 20 mg/m2 por 5 dias nas primeira e quinta semanas e dois ciclos após RT (5-FU 400 mg/m2 e LV 20 mg/m2) a cada 28 dias. Após o tratamento, realizou-se exame clínico, retossigmoidoscopia, RNM de pelve, TC de tórax e abdômen superior e dosagem de CEA. Naqueles com Resposta Clínica Incompleta (iRC) procedeu-se à cirurgia de ressecção. Aqueles com Resposta Completa (cRC) estão em observação (wait and see policy). Manometria e escalas de função esfincteriana e qualidade de vida foram obtidas antes e após 30 e 90 dias do término do tratamento.

Resultados Até junho de 2018, recrutaram-se 11 pacientes. Um foi excluído da análise, pois apresentou toxicidade severa sugestiva de deficiência de DPD após o primeiro ciclo de QT. Todos os demais concluíram o tratamento. Toxicidades graus 3/4 relacionadas à QT ocorreram dois pacientes, reduzindo-se sua dose. Sete (70%) apresentaram iRC, submetendo três à retossigmoidectomia cuja avaliação anatomopatológica evidenciou Resposta Completa (pRC) em dois casos (28,5%). Três (30%) apresentaram cRC e estão sem evidência de doença com seguimento médio de 19 meses. Houve melhora da função anorretal e da qualidade de vida.

Conclusões Avanços no tratamento neoadjuvante dos tumores de reto contribuíram para melhores taxas de pRC. Novos paradigmas promovem crescentes índices de cRC, o que possibilitaria a preservação do órgão e consequente redução da morbidade cirúrgica.



Publication History

Received: 29 September 2018

Accepted: 30 October 2018

Publication Date:
08 March 2021 (online)

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