Standard of Care Treatment for Colon Cancer: A Discussion with Dr. Aparna Parikh

In this episode of Oncology Brothers, we had the privilege of discussing the management of colon cancer with Dr. Aparna Parikh, a medical oncologist from Mass General Hospital. Dr. Parikh provided valuable insights into the treatment algorithm for colon cancer, focusing on localized disease and metastatic space.

We delved into the use of circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) in risk stratification for stage III patients, highlighting the importance of personalized treatment decisions based on clinical and molecular information. Dr. Parikh emphasized the significance of patient-centered care, especially for younger patients, in determining treatment regimens.

The discussion also touched on the management of stage III colon cancer, including the utilization of chemotherapy and the consideration of side effects in treatment decisions. Dr. Parikh shared her approach to first-line treatment in metastatic colon cancer, incorporating both sightedness and molecular information to tailor therapy for each patient.

Furthermore, we explored the evolving landscape of immunotherapy in MSI-high patients, discussing the potential benefits and considerations in treatment selection. Dr. Parikh provided insights into second and third-line treatment options, including the use of TAS-102 and Bevacizumab, fruquintinib, highlighting the importance of individualized care and monitoring for optimal outcomes.

Overall, the episode provided a comprehensive overview of the current treatment strategies for colon cancer, incorporating the latest research findings and clinical considerations. Listeners were encouraged to stay informed and engaged in the advancements in colon cancer treatment.

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Dr. Rahul

Dr. Rahul is a Chief of Medical Oncology, making up one-half of the ‘Oncology Brothers.’ He is a valued member of the Guthrie Corning Cancer Center, contributing his extensive knowledge of technology