Diversion with Neoadjuvant vs Surgery with Adjuvant Treatment for Obstructing Rectal Cancer?

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Diseases of the Colon & Rectum (Impact Factor: 3.75). 10/2012; 55(10):e346. DOI: 10.1097/DCR.0b013e31826536ed
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