Pathologic Assessment and Specimen Quality After Total Mesorectal Excision of Rectal Cancer

  • Hoguen KimEmail author


After introduction of total mesorectal excision in rectal cancer surgery and effective neoadjuvant therapy, a considerable improvement of clinical outcome had occurred in rectal cancer patients. The pathologic reports of resected rectal cancers provide valuable information for the adequacy of the surgical treatment and predictive factors for future therapy. The evaluation of completeness of resection, preparation of adequate specimen, and evaluation of prognostic and predictive factors through microscopic evaluation and molecular analysis should be included for the proper management of rectal cancer patients.


Rectal cancer Total mesorectal excision Pathology report Circumferential resection margin Predictive factors 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PathologyYonsei University College of MedicineSeoulSouth Korea

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