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

V37N6: Colon, Rectum, and Anus, Part II

Chu DZ, Gibson G, David D, et al. The surgeon's role in cancer prevention. The model in colorectal carcinoma. Ann Surg Oncol. 2007;14(11):3054-3069.
This article delineates the potential roles for surgeons in prevention of colorectal cancer.

Darakhshan A, Lin BP, Chan C, et al. Correlates and outcomes of tumor adherence in resected colonic and rectal cancers. Ann Surg. 2008;247(4):650-658.
A clear and helpful discussion of the impact of tumor extension into adjacent tissues on outcomes.

Engstrom PF, Arnoletti JP, Benson AB, 3rd, et al. NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology: colon cancer. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2009;7(8):778-831. Free full-text
A detailed presentation of practice guidelines of colorectal cancer. It is a valuable reference article.

Fleshman J, Sargent DJ, Green E, et al. Laparoscopic colectomy for cancer is not inferior to open surgery based on 5-year data from the COST Study Group trial. Ann Surg. 2007;246(4):655-662; discussion 62-4.
This article presents long-term follow-up data from a national trial. The results indicate that laparoscopic colectomy has equivalent oncologic effectiveness to open colectomy.

Ko C, Hyman NH. Practice parameter for the detection of colorectal neoplasms: an interim report (revised). Dis Colon Rectum. 2006;49(3):299-301.
These practice guidelines outline strategies for early diagnosis and detection of colorectal neoplasia.

Larson DW, Marcello PW, Larach SW, et al. Surgeon volume does not predict outcomes in the setting of technical credentialing: results from a randomized trial in colon cancer. Ann Surg. 2008;248(5):746-750.
This article demonstrates that surgeon technical credentialing, including confirmation of compliance with anatomic guidelines, can provide equivalent outcomes for low- and high-volume practices.

Leonard D, Penninckx F, Fieuws S, et al. Factors predicting the quality of total mesorectal excision for rectal cancer. Ann Surg.  2010;252(6):982-988.
This article supplies data that are valuable for predicting the quality of total mesorectal excision.

Mirnezami A, Mirnezami R, Chandrakumaran K, et al. Increased local recurrence and reduced survival from colorectal cancer following anastomotic leak: systematic review and meta-analysis. Ann Surg. 2011;253(5):890-899.
This article presents data confirming the adverse impact of anastomotic leak on outcomes for colorectal cancer.

Rahbari NN, Ulrich AB, Bruckner T, et al. Surgery for locally recurrent rectal cancer in the era of total mesorectal excision: is there still a chance for cure? Ann Surg. 2011;253(3):522-533.
This article presents data confirming the value of repeat cancer resection for selected patients with locally recurrent rectal cancer.

Rex DK, Kahi CJ, Levin B, et al. Guidelines for colonoscopy surveillance after cancer resection: a consensus update by the American Cancer Society and the US Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer. Gastroenterology. 2006;130(6):1865-1871.
A detailed review of guidelines for endoscopic surveillance following treatment of colorectal cancer.

Saltz LB. Adjuvant therapy for colon cancer. Surg Oncol Clin N Am. 2010;19(4):819-827.
This article reviews options for adjuvant therapy in patients with colorectal cancer.

Steele SR, Chen SL, Stojadinovic A, et al. The impact of age on quality measure adherence in colon cancer. J Am Coll Surg. 2011;213(1):95-103.
This article documents inadequate use of quality measures in the care of older patients with colorectal cancer. With increasing numbers of healthy older patients, it is important that quality measures apply to the care of this patient group.