Locally Advanced Colon Cancer with Abdominal Wall Abscess: A Challenging Case Treated by an Innovative Approach


Colon cancer rarely combines with abscess of the abdominal wall. We here describe a case treated by extensive surgery, biological mesh abdominal wall repair and negative pressure therapy. A 58-year-old woman presented with a locally advanced right colon cancer with abdominal wall abscess and no evidence of distant metastasis. Extended right hemicolectomy was performed with en-bloc excision of the bladder dome, the right annex and full thickness removal of the anterior abdominal wall including the abscess. Abdominal wall repair was perfomed by a biological mesh (PermacolTMBiologic Implant) and to facilitate healing the patient was then treated with Vacuum-Assisted Closure (V.A.C.?) Therapy. Histology showed a mucinous moderately differentiated adenocarcinoma without nodal metastases (n = 57). Surgical margins including the abdominal wall was tumor free. The postoperative clinical course was uneventful. VA.C.? Therapy treatment reported excellent results in terms of active promotion of the granulation tissue, this allowing for a subsequent placement of a skin graft. Patient is alive and disease-free one year after surgery. The present case shows some peculiar characteristics such as the size of the initial lesion, the abdominal wall abscess and the use of innovative devices such as biological mesh and V.A.C.? Therapy. We demonstrate that extensive surgery for locally advanced colon cancer, in high-volume centers, provides favorable results in terms of survival and quality of life.

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D. Rega, E. Cardone, O. Catalano, L. Montesarchio, U. Pace, D. Scala, G. Conzo and P. Delrio, "Locally Advanced Colon Cancer with Abdominal Wall Abscess: A Challenging Case Treated by an Innovative Approach," Journal of Cancer Therapy, Vol. 3 No. 6A, 2012, pp. 966-969. doi: 10.4236/jct.2012.326123.

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