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In a retrospective analysis of aggressive two-stage hepatic resection of colorectal metastases, survival was 51% at 5 years compared to only 15% for comparable patients treated with chemotherapy alone. The complexity of the surgical approach and the advent of potentially more effective systemic therapies highlight the need for a definitive randomized trial before such an approach is assimilated into community practice.

Improving Survival Rates by Surgical Resection of Colorectal Liver Metastases