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EURECCA consensus conference highlights about colorectal cancer clinical management: the pathologists expert review

Abstract

Care for patients with colon and rectal cancer has improved in the last 20 years; however, a considerable variation still exists in cancer management and outcome between European countries. Large variation is also apparent between national guidelines and patterns of cancer care in Europe. Therefore, EURECCA, which is the acronym of European Registration of Cancer Care, is aiming at defining core treatment strategies and developing a European audit structure in order to improve the quality of care for all patients with colon and rectal cancer. In December 2012, the first multidisciplinary consensus conference about cancer of the colon and rectum was held. The expert panel consisted of representatives of European scientific organizations involved in cancer care of patients with colon and rectal cancer and representatives of national colorectal registries.

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PQ and NW are funded by Yorkshire Cancer research. IN declares no conflict of interest.

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Quirke, P., West, N.P. & Nagtegaal, I.D. EURECCA consensus conference highlights about colorectal cancer clinical management: the pathologists expert review. Virchows Arch 464, 129–134 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00428-013-1534-x

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Keywords

  • Colorectal cancer
  • Pathology
  • Quality of surgery
  • Audit
  • Guidelines