June 1975

Carcinoma of the Rectum in Adolescence

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, Division of Pediatric Surgery, University of Virginia Medical Center, Charlottesville. During this investigation, Dr. Golden was a clinical fellow of the American Cancer Society.

Am J Dis Child. 1975;129(6):742-743. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1975.02120430074020

Colorectal cancer in young people has a poor prognosis because of presumed inherent biologic aggressiveness, but also because of failure to suspect the lesion early in its clinical course. Two adolescents with long-standing carcinoma of the rectum were treated at the University of Virginia Medical Center. Both had been treated for presumed benign anorectal disease for a prolonged period of time prior to referral.