Reply on "Data on the Characteristics and the Survival of Korean Patients With Colorectal Cancer From the Korea Central Cancer Registry"

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Ann Coloproctol. 2014;30(3):153-153
Publication date (electronic) : 2014 June 23
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Korea Colorectal Cancer Study Group (KOCCS), Seoul, Korea.
Correspondence to: Bong Hwa Lee, M.D. Department of Surgery, Hallym University Sacred Heart Hospital, 22 Gwanpyeong-ro 170beon-gil, Dongan-gu, Anyang 431-796, Korea. Tel: +82-31-380-3772, Fax: +82-31-380-0157,

To the editor

Thank you for great interest to our article. Your comment has persuaded me to make a further analysis. I agree with your mention about difference of tumor distribution between Korea and Europe/America. The Korean patients showed a lower proportion of right sided colon cancer than European and American patients, which may represent geographical differences [1].

I would like to comment to stage distribution and survival. Recent report in America about stage distribution demonstrated that only 39% of colorectal cancer patients had localized-stage disease and about 34%-41% had regional disease, which was somewhat different to your table. They also reported that the 5-year relative survival in localized disease was 90%, and survival diagnosed at the regional and distant stage were 70% and 12%, respectively [2].

Nevertheless, Korean patients showed favorable survival. The intensive treatment and surveillance system under the national medical insurance may influence on this finding. For example, most Korean patients (more than 80%) in regional disease received adjuvant chemotherapy after surgery. Introduction of adjuvant chemotherapy was associated with improved survival in stage III colon cancer [3].

In addition, we included colorectal cancer patients recently developed; therefore, it may influence on favorable survival. Survival of colorectal cancer has improved in Europe and America [4, 5].


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2. American Cancer Society. Cancer facts & figures 2011-2013 Atlanta: American Cancer Society; 2011.
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