Journal of gastrointestinal cancer 2018 04 14() doi 10.1007/s12029-018-0100-9
Colorectal cancer is the third most prevalent cancer in the world, preceded by prostate and lung cancers in men (10%) and breast and lung cancers in women (9.4%). Colorectal cancer is the fourth leading cause of death in men (7.6%) and the third in women (8.6%). A multidisciplinary approach has radically changed the way we deal with this disease among all specialist fields.
In this study, we propose comparing the multidisciplinary experience group (started in 2012) of S. Anna Hospital (University of Ferrara) with the previous approach to rectal cancer before the advent of the multidisciplinary program.
We find that more study depth of neoplastic disease as well as of each individual patient leads to more accurate staging and to a weighted therapy based on the needs of the individual. All the studies were performed in accordance with the guidelines established by the European and Italian associations.