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Invited Critique
December 15, 2008

Perioperative Carcinoembryonic Antigen Measurements to Predict Curability After Liver Resection for Colorectal Metastases—Invited Critique

Arch Surg. 2008;143(12):1158-1159. doi:10.1001/archsurg.143.12.1158

Hepatic resection is the only curative option for patients with hepatic metastases from colorectal cancer (CRC). Five-year survival rates after resection have reached almost 60% in recent series.1-3 This is largely attributed to more sophisticated preoperative imaging techniques, highly sensitive intraoperative ultrasonographic detection of small metastases, improved surgical techniques, and more effective systemic therapies.3,4