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Case report
Squamous cell carcinoma of the rectum
  1. Deep Chakrabarti1,
  2. Sumaira Qayoom2,
  3. Naseem Akhtar3 and
  4. Rajeev Gupta1
  1. 1Department of Radiation Oncology, King George's Medical University, Lucknow, India
  2. 2Department of Pathology, King George's Medical University, Lucknow, India
  3. 3Department of Surgical Oncology, King George's Medical University, Lucknow, India
  1. Correspondence to Deep Chakrabarti; deepchakrabarti.19{at}


Lower gastrointestinal cancers are commonly adenocarcinoma in the colon and rectum, and of squamous cell histology in the anal canal. Squamous cell carcinoma of the rectum is a rare disease attributable to squamous metaplasia in the rectum. The tumour location and histopathology should both serve as indicators to planning treatment, and a robust multidisciplinary team meeting forms the backbone of such decisions.

  • radiotherapy
  • oncology
  • gastrointestinal surgery
  • colon cancer

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  • Contributors DC, RG: radiotherapy planning and treatment. SQ: histopathological work-up. NA: operating surgeon. DC wrote the manuscript. SQ, NA and RG provided expert insights. All authors have read and approved the final draft.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

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