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The authors present a case of a 16-year-old female diagnosed with rectal adenocarcinoma 10 years after receiving cranio-spinal radiotherapy for a cerebellar medulloblastoma. While the risk of a second malignancy is recognised to be increased in children previously treated with radiotherapy, rectal adenocarcinoma is a rare presentation. A child presenting with symptoms of weight loss and a change in bowel habit in a patient who has previously received radiotherapy should alert practitioners to the possibility of a colorectal malignancy.

Original publication

DOI

10.1007/s00383-006-1825-2

Type

Journal article

Journal

Pediatr surg int

Publication Date

06/2007

Volume

23

Pages

605 - 607

Keywords

Adenocarcinoma, Adolescent, Cerebellar Neoplasms, Cranial Irradiation, Female, Humans, Medulloblastoma, Radiotherapy, Rectal Neoplasms