American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

Fewer than half of rectal cancer patients receive recommended care

OCTOBER 26, 2017
Clinical Congress Daily Highlights, Thursday Edition

Significant opportunities exist to improve both the process of care and outcomes for U.S. rectal cancer patients, a study finds. Justin T. Brady, MD, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, Cleveland, OH, and colleagues found that of 39,071 non-metastatic rectal cancer patients in the 2010–2014 National Cancer Data Base who were undergoing proctectomy, fewer than half received all six process measures established by the National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer (NAPRC). Only proximal and distal margin assessment met the current NAPRC threshold for compliance.

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This Scientific Forum study was presented October 26 at the 2017 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons in San Diego, CA. Program, webcast and audio information is available online at

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