Review and Perspective

Virchows Archiv

, Volume 458, Issue 1, pp 21-30

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Annex to Quirke et al. Quality assurance in pathology in colorectal cancer screening and diagnosis: annotations of colorectal lesions

  • Michael ViethAffiliated withInstitute of Pathology, Klinikum Bayreuth Email author 
  • , Phil QuirkeAffiliated withPathology and Tumour Biology, Leeds Institute of Molecular Medicine, Leeds University
  • , René LambertAffiliated withScreening Group, Early Detection and Prevention Section, International Agency for Research on Cancer
  • , Lawrence von KarsaAffiliated withQuality Assurance Group, Early Detection and Prevention Section, International Agency for Research on Cancer
  • , Mauro RisioAffiliated withPathology Department, Institute for Cancer Research and Treatment

Abstract

Multidisciplinary, evidence-based European Guidelines for quality assurance in colorectal cancer screening and diagnosis have recently been developed by experts in a pan-European project coordinated by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. The full guideline document includes a chapter on pathology with pan-European recommendations which take into account the diversity and heterogeneity of health care systems across the EU. The present paper is based on the annex to the pathology chapter which attempts to describe in greater depth some of the issues raised in the chapter in greater depth, particularly details of special interest to pathologists. It is presented here to make the relevant discussion known to a wider scientific audience.

Keywords

Colorectal cancer screening Multidisciplinary evidence-based guidelines Quality assurance Histopathology Classification Precursor lesions