, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp 129-130
Date: 16 Nov 2012

New trends in management of colorectal cancer

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The first two-day, San Raffaele meeting on the new trends in management of colorectal cancer took place on October 22 and 23 in Milan, a city renowned as the industrial and financial center of Italy, and one of the world’s major fashion and design capitals, which will host the EXPO 2015.

The meeting was attended by more than 250 scientists and 61 speakers from 11 countries. The topics included preoperative workup, treatment options, surgical techniques, and advances in treatment for metastatic disease, with particular emphasis on liver metastases and peritoneal carcinomatosis. The genetic and molecular basis of colorectal cancer and the response of the disease to chemotherapy, especially neoadjuvant chemotherapy, were also investigated.

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer worldwide and the second leading cause of cancer-related death; therefore, accurate prevention strategies are needed. The results of the first randomized trial, due about 10 years from now, are expected to