Retrospective Cohort Study
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World J Gastroenterol. Nov 14, 2017; 23(42): 7618-7625
Published online Nov 14, 2017. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v23.i42.7618
Right- and left-sided colorectal cancers respond differently to traditional Chinese medicine
Shan-Shan Liu, Qi Shi, Hong-Jia Li, Wei Yang, Su-Su Han, Shao-Qi Zong, Wen Li, Feng-Gang Hou
Shan-Shan Liu, Qi Shi, Hong-Jia Li, Wei Yang, Su-Su Han, Shao-Qi Zong, Wen Li, Feng-Gang Hou, Oncology Department of Shanghai Municipal Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai 200071, China
Author contributions: Liu SS and Hou FG designed the research; all authors involved in patients recruitment and data collecting; Liu SS analyzed the data and edited manuscript.
Supported by the Scientific Research Foundation of Traditional Chinese Medicine of the Shanghai Health Bureau, No. 2014LZ079A; the Scientific Research Plan Project of the Shanghai Science and Technology Committee, No. 14401930800; the Program of Shanghai Municipal Technology and Education Commission, No. 16401970500.
Institutional review board statement: The study was reviewed and approved by IRB of Shuguang Hospital affiliated with Shanghai University of TCM.
Informed consent statement: All study participants, or their legal guardian, provided informed written consent prior to study enrollment.
Conflict-of-interest statement: All authors have declared no conflicts of interest.
Data sharing statement: No additional data were available.
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Correspondence to: Feng-Gang Hou, PhD, Oncology Department of Shanghai Municipal Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 274 Zhijiang Road, Shanghai 200071, China. 1127@szy.sh.cn
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Received: July 3, 2017
Peer-review started: July 5, 2017
First decision: August 30, 2017
Revised: September 12, 2017
Accepted: September 26, 2017
Article in press: September 26, 2017
Published online: November 14, 2017
Core Tip

Core tip: In this prospective, observational, multicenter, cohort study, we compared disease-free survival (DFS) of patients with postoperative stage I-III left- and right-sided colorectal cancers who were stratified by ingestion of TCM. The data analysis confirmed that TCM effectively prolonged DFS of patients with stage II-III on both sides, especially individuals with stage III right-sided colon cancer.