The incidence of colorectal cancer has dramatically increased in the past decades, rendering it the second most frequently diagnosed cancer in the Western world. Disease outcome can be improved both by early diagnosis, e.g., through the introduction and extension of screening programs, and by increased therapeutic efficiency. The latter is achieved by increasing the radicality of interventions in surgical oncology to total mesorectal excision, thereby significantly decreasing the frequency of local recurrence. High ligation of the inferior mesenteric artery aims to enhance the efficiency of lymphadenectomy. With the introduction of techniques that spare vegetative nerves, the quality of life will not be adversely affected by the increased radicality. Another direction of progress in colorectal surgery is the increased use of minimally invasive approaches, such as local excision by transanal endoscopic microsurgery or laparoscopic methods. Increased acceptance of a multimodality approach, i.e., combined application of surgical and oncological methods in the treatment of colorectal cancer, has been a great step forward recently. Beyond the long-applied adjuvant treatments, the pre-surgical use of neoadjuvant chemo-radiotherapy has become standard for locally advanced rectal cancers. Adjuvant and neoadjuvant chemotherapy also supplements the surgery of metastases with improving results and impressive long-term survivals. A very important prerequisite for tailored multimodality treatment is reliable staging, which is facilitated by the wider availability of endorectal ultrasound.
|Translated title of the contribution||Modern treatment of colorectal cancer|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Lege Artis Medicinae|
|Publication status||Published - Feb 1 2008|
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