Management of Early Colorectal Cancer – NZ Ministry of Health – June 2011

Posted on July 7, 2011. Filed under: Gastroenterology, Oncology |

Management of Early Colorectal Cancer – NZ Ministry of Health – June 2011

“Summary of publication

Colorectal cancer is one of the most common cancers registered and the second most common cause of death from cancer in New Zealand. The new evidence-based guideline Management of Early Colorectal Cancer funded by the Ministry of Health and developed by the New Zealand Guidelines Group, provides guidance for secondary and tertiary care practitioners on delivering best practice care.

It was commissioned by the Ministry as part of its commitment to the implementation of the Cancer Control Strategy. It follows the publication of evidence-based guidelines for the management of melanoma, early breast cancer and suspected cancer in primary care.

This new guideline fits within a broader suite of guidelines and programmes developed to support health professionals to care for people with colorectal cancer in New Zealand.

Management of Early Colorectal Cancer specifically addresses the management of people with invasive adenocarcinoma of the colon or rectum and has been prepared to meet the evidence needs of secondary and tertiary providers of colorectal care. It assumes the patient has already been referred because of suspicious bowel symptoms or has undergone initial testing in primary care. It covers the clinical pathway from preoperative assessment to appropriate intervention and includes recommendations for follow-up. Content includes guidance on elective surgery for colon and rectal cancer, emergency surgery for bowel obstruction, adjuvant therapy, as well as general guidance to facilitate coordinated and patient-centred care.

It should be noted that the management of people with more advanced colorectal cancer (including metastatic disease) at diagnosis or later and people with high-risk familial colorectal cancer syndromes are beyond the scope of this guideline, so these cancers have been excluded. Squamous cell carcinomas have also been excluded. Colorectal cancerscreening in asymptomatic people or the prevention of colorectal cancer in the general population is also beyond the scope of this guideline.”

ISBN numbers: 978-1-877509-41-4 (print), 978-1-877509-40-7(online)

HP number: 5296

Citation: New Zealand Guidelines Group. 2011. Management of Early Colorectal Cancer – Evidence-based Best Practice Guidelines. Wellington: New Zealand Guidelines Group.

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