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By P. Fraser, A. M. Adelstein (auth.), Professor William Duncan (eds.)

Colorectal melanoma used to be the topic of the 3rd Symposium on medical Oncology equipped by way of the Royal collage of Radiolo­ gists, London, in February 1981. This book of gathered papers is predicated at the shows at that assembly. the aim of those symposia is to motivate a multidis­ ciplinary method of our figuring out and administration of melanoma. they convey jointly not just clinicians of other specialities, but in addition non-clinical scientists who even have made an important contribution either to simple wisdom and to functions of direct medical relevance. it's was hoping that sym­ posia of this sort should be a stimulus to expanding collaborative learn. Colorectal melanoma is now the most very important motives of melanoma deaths. The prevalence of the disorder varies enormously in the course of the international yet is especially universal in North the US, Canada, and Western Europe. The aetiology of colorectal melanoma is reviewed and a transparent description is given of the standards linked to its excessive prevalence in prosperous Western societies. there's nonetheless no facts of an instantaneous associa­ tion among nutritional ingredients and colorectal melanoma, and so adjustments in our nutritional behavior that will aid to minimize the occurrence of this sickness can't be suggested. whereas learn VI Preface during this vital box maintains, advancements needs to be sought in strategies of early prognosis, evaluate and management.

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J. R. Bussey Department of Pathology, St. Mark's Hospital, London ECIV 2PS, United Kingdom The large intestine is one of the major sites for malignant disease in man, being in this respect second only to the lungs. About 16,500 persons die annually from colorectal cancer in England and Wales, and the tendency is for this figure to rise slowly. Considerable research has been directed at the problem of reducing the incidence of the disease and one' of the main targets investigated has been the possibility that differences in environmental factors, such as diet and social habits, may be related to the variable incidence of colorectal cancer in different regions of the world.

R. Bussey Fig. 1. Portion of colectomy specimen showing numerous large pedunculated adenomas The insidious onset of the symptoms is often ignored until persistent severe bloody diarrhoea forces the patient to seek advice and the diagnois is made. It is at this point that the second characteristic of polyposis coli is usually encountered. No less than two-thirds of the patients presenting with symptoms are found on investigation already to have cancer of the colon or rectum. The only effective treatment for polyposis is surgery, either by removal of the whole large intestine, necessitating an ileostomy, or by resection of the colon only, continuity of the bowel being restored by ileorectal anastomosis.

1980) failed to achieve any colony growth from four solid tumours but did obtain growth from malignant effusions of three patients with colorectal cancer. It has been claimed that such clonogenic tests may be useful both for screening new anticancer agents and for testing the sensitivity of individual tumours to chemotherapeutic agents (Salmon et al. 1978). However, the data presently available are not adequate for such claims to be confirmed. In all reported cases of colorectal cancer in which colonies were obtained, less than 1% of tumour cells gave rise to colonies.

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