Assessment of Attitudes Toward Initiation of Immediate Adjuvant Chemotherapy for Colon Cancer

Published:November 28, 2022DOI:



      Early initiation of chemotherapy after surgery for colon cancer has survival benefits. Immediate adjuvant chemotherapy (IAC) involves giving chemotherapy during surgical resection and immediately postoperatively. This novel approach has been shown to be safe, eliminating delays in adjuvant treatment that could increase the risk of micro-metastatic spread. The aim of this study was to assess the willingness of the general public to accept IAC.

      Materials and methods

      Between March and April 2021, 800 telephone interviews were conducted with a sample of adult New York State residents. The Survey Research Institute of Cornell University conducted all surveys. Kruskal–Wallis, chi-squared, and Fisher’s tests were conducted using R 4.0.2.


      Three scenarios were presented: (1) receiving IAC resulting in improved survival and quality of life, (2) finishing chemotherapy earlier without survival impact, and (3) finishing chemotherapy earlier but with possible side effects. Respondents with higher education were more likely to accept (1) & (2), males were more likely to accept (2) & (3), higher income respondents were more likely to accept (1) & (3), and those with more work hours were more likely to accept (2). Lastly, 16% responded they would be very or extremely likely, and 52% respondents would be somewhat likely or likely to accept intraoperative chemotherapy, even if it may not be necessary.


      Respondents were likely to accept IAC if offered. Given the known risk of delayed adjuvant chemotherapy (AC) in colon cancer, further research is warranted to determine the survival and quality of life (QOL) benefits of IAC.


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